By Charles Allen
India's misplaced emperor Ashoka Maurya has a unique position in heritage. In his quest to control India by way of ethical strength on my own he grew to become Buddhism from a minor sect right into a international faith, and manage a brand new yardstick for presidency. yet Ashoka's daring test resulted in tragedy and he used to be forgotten for nearly thousand years.
In this superbly written, multi-layered trip Charles Allen describes how fragments of the Ashokan tale have been steadily stumbled on, pieced jointly by means of a number of British Orientalists: antiquarians, archaeologists and epigraphists. In doing so, they did a lot to recuperate India's historic background itself. The misplaced Emperor tells the tale of the fellow who used to be arguably the best ruler India has ever known.