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Jahanara: Princess of Princesses is the twelfth book in The Royal Diaries. It was the fourth book written by Kathryn Lasky for the series. The book was released in September 2002 by Scholastic and was followed by Kristiana Gregory's Eleanor: Crown Jewel of Aquitaine.

Book description[]

"December 1, 1627
My father has four wives, but I am the daughter of the one he loves most, Arjumand Banu Begum. I, too, am a Begum, a princess. My name is Jahanara, great-granddaughter of Akbar, the greatest Moghul ruler if India...
I have diamonds the size of beetles, and I have thirty servants and eight elephants trained especially for me. I have everything except freedom. We are all of us imprisoned: my mother, my father, my younger brothers, and my younger sister. In tents hung with gold cloth, we drink from emerald-studded chalices and yet we are prisoners.



Historical Note[]


Main article: List of Jahanara: Princess of Princesses characters


Main article: Kathryn Lasky

Kathryn Lasky is an American children's author best known for her Guardians of Ga'Hoole series . Lasky wrote five books in The Royal Diaries, including Elizabeth I, Marie Antoinette, Mary, Queen of Scots, and Kazunomiya. She is also the author of four books in Dear America, three in My America, and one in My Name Is America.



  • The portrait of Jahanara on the cover was illustrated by Tim O'Brien.


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