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Published December 4th 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1900)
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Sajith Kumar
Robert Sewell (1845 – 1925) was a British civil servant employed at the Madras Record Office as a Keeper entrusted with documenting ancient inscriptions and remains in the region. This book is the first ever attempt to decipher the puzzle of history hidden in the stony ruins of Hampi. Basing his research mainly on three sixteenth century historians of the region, Sewell unveils a preliminary montage of a forgotten dynasty that fired up the imagination of folklore, but hardly left any historical ...more
I read this book to get a sense of the Vijayanagar empire because I spent a few days in Hampi last month. The book was interesting to read in some ways--especially the way that Sewell uses a kind of meta-narrative to describe the historiography process given the scant information accessible or available to him at the time of writing. So there is a self-consciousness about the history writing process that I appreciated. I also thought it was interesting to see so many different descriptions of th ...more
Sudhanshu Sharma
Salute to the bravehearts of Vijaynagara. People can manipulate certain historical facts to fragment India, but the true fact is that people from southern India have emerged as the saviour of Hindutva in medieval era when we in northern India were fighting for geographical pockets.
Excellent attempt by an author to remind coming generations about the pride and valour of Vijaynagara.
Though written in academic tone, book immediately takes grip on your mind like suspense/thriller novel.
Not bad for a translation written in the 1800's but not the most exciting book in the world. I think I'd rather read in the original language or find a book that does more than practically dictate ambassador type reporting.
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