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predicts appalling bloodshed

Niccolo Manucci, an Italian quack doctor living in Madras in the early years of the 18th century, observes that the emperor Aurangzeb has a total of seventeen livings sons, grandsons and great-grandsons of adult age. He comments:

'What an event to behold will be the tragedy following the death of this old man! One only of these princes can succeed, and thereby protect his family; the rest of them will be decapitated, or lose their lives in various other ways. It will be a much worse tragedy than that which happened at the end of King Shahjahan's reign.'

Quoted Bamber Gascoigne The Great Moghuls, Cape 1971, page 243

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