Courtly Culture and Political Life in Early Medieval India
By (author) Daud Ali
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Courtly Culture and Political Life in Early Medieval India by Daud Ali
Book DescriptionScholars have long studied classical Sanskrit culture in almost total isolation from its courtly context. This book focuses exclusively on the royal court as a social and cultural institution. Using both literary and inscriptional sources, it begins with the rise and spread of royal households and political hierarchies from the Gupta period (c.350-750), and traces the emergence of a coherent courtly worldview which would remain stable for almost a millennium to 1200. Later chapters examine key features of courtly life such as: manners, ethics, concepts of personal beauty, and theories of disposition. The book ends with a sustained examination of the theory and practice of erotic love in the context of the wider social dynamics and anxieties which faced the people of the court.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521816274
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Daud Ali
Daud Ali is a Lecturer in the History Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
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