Nicolò Manucci

Other names: Nicolao[72BF]


Mansabdār, 1677[72BF]

Main Events

Writer, traveller, and physician.[72BF]
Son of Pasqualino Manucci, a spice grinder, and Rosa Bellini (siblings: Andrea, Angela, Franceschina, Pierina).[72BF]
Married Elizabeth Hartley (†1706, daughter of Christopher Hartley and Aguida Pereyra) in 1686.[72BF]
At the age of fourteen, he went to live with an uncle in Corfu.[72BF]
Joined the crew of an English ship bound for Smyrna and was almost thrown overboard by the captain had it not been for the intervention of Henry Bard, Viscount Bellomont whom he befriended and travelled with.[72BF]
Arrived in Qazvīn, Persia, 1654, then Isfahan where they stayed until 1655 and finally landed in India in 1656.[72BF]
Employed at the Mughal court in 1656 after Bellomont's death and later joined the Mughal army as a gunner.[72BF]
Fled with the soldiers of Prince Dārā Shikōh after the Mughal war of succession of 1656 and took refuge at Bhakkar.[72BF]
Later pardoned along with the other Europeans who had supported Prince Dārā Shikōh and was offered a position in the army, but he declined.[72BF]
Took up medicine in 1670 at Lahore, then later, near Bombay, with some success but by 1676, his venture failed.[72BF]
Returned to the Mughal court in Delhi, 1677, as the physician of Prince Shah Alam.[72BF]
Left for Goa, 1683 and was called upon as physician by the Sultan of Golconda.[72BF]
Played a part in preventing the assault on the English enclave at the Deccan by the Mughal Emperor, 1703.[72BF]
Composed a number of works including Storia do Mogor or Mogul India.[72BF]

Place of birth: Venice[72BF]
Place of death: Monte Grande, near Pondichéry[72BF]



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