Ashoka: The Search for India's Lost Emperor
India's lost emperor Ashoka Maurya has a special place in history. In his quest to govern India by moral force alone he turned Buddhism from a minor sect into a world religion, and set up a new yardstick for government. But Ashoka's bold experiment ended in tragedy and he was forgotten for almost two thousand years.
In this beautifully written, multi-layered journey Charles Allen describes how fragments of the Ashokan story were gradually discovered, pieced together by a variety of British Orientalists: antiquarians, archaeologists and epigraphists. In doing so, they did much to recover India's ancient history itself. The Lost Emperor tells the story of the man who was arguably the greatest ruler India has ever known.
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Review: Ashoka: India's Lost EmperorUser Review - Suman - Goodreads
Growing up in India during the 80s our introduction to Ashoka was textbook brief - he was a ruler who was transformed by the sight of bloody war whose symbols were on our flag and on our currency and ... Read full review
Review: Ashoka: India's Lost EmperorUser Review - Muthuprakash Ravindran - Goodreads
Charles Allen's 'Ashoka;India's lost emperor' reads like a detective novel. And a damn good one at that too. One of the reasons Charles Allen quotes for writing the book is to record the contributions ... Read full review