A Forgotten Empire: Vijayanagar - A Contribution to the by Robert Sewell

By Robert Sewell

Pass judgement on Robert Sewell (1845-1925) was once a civil servant in colonial India. He did broad paintings at the background of the Vijayanagara Empire, rather the autumn of Hampi, the empire's capital. He translated The Vijayanagar Empire as obvious via Domingo Paes and Fernao Nuniz - defined as an eyewitness account of Portuguese visitors to India within the sixteenth century and document at the Vijayanagar Empire. His different works contain: Analytical heritage of India (1870), Eclipses of the Moon in India (1878), Antiquarian is still in Presidency of Madras (1882), A caricature of the Dynasties of S. India (1883), South Indian Chronological Tables (1889) and The Indian Calendar (with S. B. Dikshit) (1896).

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By the side of these two chronicles the writings of the great European historians seem cold and lifeless. I have mentioned the publication of Senhor Lopes. It is to that distinguished Arabic scholar that we owe the knowledge of the existence of these precious documents. He it was who brought them to light in the first instance, and to him personally I owe the fact of my being able to translate and publish them. His introduction to the dos Reis De Bisnaga is full of valuable matter. India owes him a debt of gratitude for his services; and for myself I desire to record here my sincere thanks for the disinterested and generous help he has so constantly accorded to me during the last two years.

Skins of kings;' he was chief of many people. [12] There are tales of him which do indeed seem most marvellous of the things that he did; as, for instance, how he made ready an army because one day in the morning, while standing dressing at a window which was closed, a ray of the sun came into his eyes, and he cried out that he would not rest until he had killed or vanquished whomsoever had dared to enter his apartments while he was dressing. All his nobles could not dissuade him from his purpose, even though they told him it was the sun that had done it, a thing without which they could not live, that it was a celestial thing and was located in the sky, and that he could never do any harm to it.

Ibn Batuta goes on to say that the Raya sent his guest safely away to a neighbouring chief, probably the Hoysala Ballala, king of Dvarasamudra in Maisur, then residing at Tanur. He caused a huge fire to be lit on which his wives and the wives of his nobles, ministers, and principal men immolated themselves, and this done he sallied forth with his followers to meet the invaders, and was slain. " There are only two substantial points of difference between this story and the traditional Hindu account given by Nuniz.

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