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Supported by beautiful illustrations the study reconstructs the glorious history of the Rajput house of Mewar perhaps the worlds oldest ruling family. It recounts its heroic battlefield engagements and examines its artistic and literary achievements.
|Title||Kingdom of Mewar|
|Sub Title||Great Struggles and Glory of the World's Oldest Ruling Dynasty|
A Premier princely state of Rajsthan the erstwhile Rajputana (northwest India) till its merger into the Union territory in 1948 Mewar has been celebrated in history and legend. In this far-famed region are best represented not only the Rajput chivalry and high sense of honour but also their arts architecture and fabulous cultural traditions. Developed from the authors four-year long intensive research the book tries to reconstruct the unparalleled glorious history of (perhaps) the worlds oldest ruling family the house of Mewar now called the clan of Sisodias in earliest times Guhilots. Tracing chronologically the entire course of events since their first known ancestor Guhil (ad 566) Irmgard Meininger here unfolds a compelling story of brave Rajput men and women with an exaggerated sense of honour pride and independence the story of their triumphs and tragedies and simultaneously of palace intrigues and rivalries and of supreme sacrifies and treacheries. And yet in the main it is an exciting story of Mewars heroic resistance first to AfghanArab adventures and Delhi Sultans and in the later days to the Mughal imperialists. Weaving into her narrative the legendary episodes around Maharani Padminis fabulous beauty the dread rite jauhar Panna Dais unique loyalty and Princess Miras bhakti among others the author also attempts to show how Mewar has been the repository not only of old Hindu traditions but of the enchanting Rajput culture as well and how Rajputs notwithstanding their endless engagements in the battlefield were great patrons of art architecture literature and music. Supported by numerous beautiful illustrations bibliographic references and a glossary of non-English words the book will fascinate anyone interested in India particularly Rajasthan whether as an inquisitive reader tourist hostorian or a connoisseur of art.Kingdom of Mewar, Author: Irmgard Meininger, Category: Book, ISBN: 9788124601440, Condition: New."