Raiders from the North by Alex Rutherford



May 3, 2022

raiders from the north by alex rutherford

Raiders from the north were the first book of the fictional history of the Mughals.
This edition claims about the “rise of the Mughal empire “. This was the first novel by the English writers on Indian history. The novel series was a bold, fictional, historical view of the events of the past. The novel puts light on the great achievements of the great conquerors of the times.

The plot of the Novel:

The plot of this novel revolves around the story of the journey of the Mughals. Mughals from Ferghana Valley wanted to conquer the land of the Indian subcontinent.
2009 marked the first edition of the series. This volume consists of 4 sections that contain 27 chapters. The books have 496 pages. This book explains the main characters of the empire, and the empire maps and mainly focuses on the founder of the Mughal Kingdom.

  • The story begins in 1494, with the birth of the Founder, Babur. The land of his birth was Ferghana Valley, present in Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia.
  • This book also tells the early life of the Babur and also his teenage life.
  • He was 12 when his father died. As he was the only son of his father he had to wear the crown.
  • Babur was the sole character of this book, as he was also the great conqueror of the world. He is also called the boy king. The third reason was that he was the founder of the world’s largest and longest kingdom of the early Muslim world.
  • At this young age, he was ruling a large empire. Therefore his family helps him throughout his knowledge journey. This allows him to know more about the rules, and laws of the kingdom. Also to know about the rebellions and rebellious activities.
  • Babur start ruling his father’s empire with the help of his grandmother Esan Dawlat, a descendant of Genghis Khan, his mother Kutlugh Nigar, and Wazir Khan who was by his side in the affairs of the military. Wazir Khan was also the mentor of Babur.

    Beginning of Successful Reign

  • He was successfully ruling the kingdom. He was brave and wild. He wanted to expand his empire. So after a short time, he wanted to conquer the land of Timur the Lane, Samarkand.
  • This was the only start of Babur’s unconquerable journey which took its last destination in the Indian subcontinent.
    He ruled for over 350 years in the land of the Indian subcontinent. But this was not an easy path. He had to struggle a lot in his early life.
  • His life was filled with victory and defeat at an early age but after maturity he was unconquerable.
    He followed his reign from Ferghana Valley to Samarkand. When he lost Samarkand twice he wanted to conquer the land of Lodi, the Indian subcontinent.
  • In 1526, he fought against Ibrahim Lodhi, who was the Sultan of Delhi. He defeated him brutally and win the murderous war.
  • There has been a war called “The first war of Panipat”. After the victory, he founded the world’s largest kingdom, The Mughal kingdom.

A brief view of the life of Babur:

His actual name was Zahir. ud.din Muhammad Babur. He was born in 1483 at Ferghana Valley and died in 1530 at Agra. His father was Umer Shiekh Mirza. His great grandfather was Timur.
He reigned over Ferghana 1494_1497 after the death of his father Umer Shiekh Mirza. His mother, Kutlugh Nigar Khanum was a descendant of Genghis Khan.

After ascending the reign of Ferghana, two years later he conquered Samarkand. But due to his young age, he lost his own land. He wanted to conquer Ferghana but he wasn’t able to do so. As a result, he lost Samarkand. It was for the third time when he wanted to defeat his opponents in both lands but he was defeated by Muhammad Shybani Khan in 1501.

In 1504, he defeated the king of Kabul, Abdur Razaq Mirza. He ruled over Kabul till 1526. During this phase, he fought a war to win Samarkand and Sheybnaids. But sadly he lost them not after winning them.

In 1526, he wanted to expand his territory. He executed his plans to win the land of the Indian subcontinent. Ottoman Empire helped to fight the first war of Panipat against Ibrahim Lodi. Ibrahim Lodi was the Sultan of Dehli at that time. He brutally win against the opponents and formulated a Kingdom of early modern civilization, the Mughal Kingdom.

As the Rajputs of Mewar Kingdom also became rebels to Babur as well. At the Battle of Khanwa, he defeated the Sultan Rana Sanga of northern India.

As Babur at the aid of the Ottoman Empire. He stocked his military with cannons, gun power, fire powder, and lock guns. This unbeatable force was led by the remarkable military skills of Babur.


He died in Agra in 1530. His throne was led by his successor, Humayun. He buried at Agra but later on reburied at Kabul. He was such a bold historical character in Muslim history.

This novel covers the whole life of Babur. His birth, his teenage life, his maturity. This also explains the tree of throne and crown inheritance. His battles, his conquests, and also his defeats. This novel is such an amazing work of literature that it is filled with emotions that connects with the emotional perspective of the readers. That’s how the historical character with his super skills of knowledge, power, war, plans, and ruling was written by Alex Rutherford.


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