Thames & Hudson has yet another new book in their Chronicles series, this one is called "The Mughual Emperors and The Islamic Dynasties of India, Iran and Central Asia:http://www.thamesandhudson.com/9780500251348.html
I'm looking for more insight into the relationship between the Medici and the family of Mughal magnate Itmad-ud-Daula (related to the Safavid Dynasty of Persia). Itmad-ud-Daula was father of Mughal Queen Nur Jahan ("Light of the World"), wife of Emperor Jahangir (ruled 1605-1627). We'll see what can be gleaned from this new book.
Previously, I wrote:
In short, the Bassianus Era provided an ideal model for the Medici during the tumultuous end of the Middle Ages. Palmyra, the Bassianus capital of Zenobia became an inspiration for Florence of the Medici family. (Florence is even an anagram of Palmyrus, the Latin form of Palmyra.)
The source of Bassianus confidence was their power base in the East, originally in Kushan (Northern) India. We must then expect that the Medici had similar connections. Candidates would be the heroic Indian king Raja Vikramaditya (Shah Hemu), the Deccan Dynasty of Central India, and most especially the Mughul Dynasty of Northern India. The Mughul Dynasty produced two “Prester John” kings, Jahan-gir and Shah Jahan, both of which took wives from the family of Persian magnate Itmad-ud-Daula. The intermarriage of these families led to the Mughul Renaissance of India (and architectural marvels like the Taj Mahal), which mirrored the contemporary European Renaissance of the Medici in the West.
Note: Itmad and Medici are suspiciously similar names ... but this is a subject for another day. http://www.domainofman.com/forum/index.cgi?read=13460
For the Medici Family Patterned after Roman 2nd Century Bassianus Dynasty, see also:http://www.domainofman.com/forum/index.cgi?read=13436 http://www.domainofman.com/forum/index.cgi?read=13437 http://www.domainofman.com/forum/index.cgi?read=13441 http://www.domainofman.com/forum/index.cgi?read=13452