Begum Zeenat Mahal was the last standing queen of the famous Indian Mughal Empire, her reign being from November 1840 to September 1857.
The queen consort of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor, very little is known about Zeenat's early life other than the fact that she was married off at the age of 18 years… while the emperor was 64 years old at the time.
When her husband's reign was cut short by the angry British army and East India Company, Zeenat was not really the focus of the whole revolt. In fact, when the barracks revolt of 1857 happened in north India, Zeenat ran way from Delhi city to make sure her son Mirza Jawan Bakht was protected.
Yet, she thrived in the sidelines, through calculative and methodical puppeteering of political influence and palace intrigue.
Because what Zeenat wanted more than anything in the world was to keep the Mughal empire up and running. And for her son to remain on the throne of Hindustan.
Even if it meant poisoning one (or two, or three) high-ranking English officers along the way.
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