Hamida Banu Begum

My new novel, which I have just completed, is inspired in part by this fascinating woman of Mughal India.


Hamida Banu Begum (c. 1527 – 29 August 1604)


Her title was Maryam Makani, or the one who dwells in Mary.


She was a wife of the second Mughal emperor Humayun and the mother of his successor, the third Mughal emperor Akbar.. She is also known by the title which was given to her by her son, Akbar..