A warning for Europe
Bernier warned that if European kings followed the Mughal model : Their kingdoms would be very far from being well-cultivated and peopled, so well built, so rich, so polite and flourishing as we see them. Our kings are otherwise rich and powerful; and we must avow that they are much better and more royally served. They would soon be kings of deserts and solitudes, of beggars and barbarians, such as those are whom I have been representing (the Mughals). We should find the great Cities and the great Burroughs (boroughs) rendered uninhabitable because of ill air, and to fall to mine (ruin) without any bodies (anybody) taking care or repairing them; the hillocks abandon'd, and the fields overspread with bushes, or filled with pestilential marishes (marshes), as hath already intimated.
- In what ways did Bernier condemn Mughal rulers?
- What contrasts do you find in the account of Bernier and Abul Fazl's Ain-i-Akbari?
- Pride has its fall if power and negligence of duty rules any one'. Explain the statement in relevance to the Bernier's warning.