Rajput arms & armour: the Rathores & their armoury at Jodhpur fort, 2 vols. (boxed) (Set)
1023p., full of col. pls., (3)col. maps, gloss., bib., ind., 24x31cm.
About the book:
The volumes not only provides advance knowledge of arms & armour, but also reflect on the significance of the Rathores in history, and their 556-year-old fort. For political and more recently commercial reasons the cultural history of the subcontinent has been largely expressed through the Mughal experience of India. Whilst it is true that the Muslim Mughals dominated India the empire they ruled was predominantly Hindu. This book reclaims the Hindu contribution to the military culture of the Mughal period. The Rajputs were very closely aligned to the Mughals from the reign of Akbar in the sixteenth century but they retained their own distinctive values. The armory at Mehrangarh helps us to enter an unfamiliar world. A tradition of courage and self-sacrifice was conserved in music and poetry, an ideology so extreme that scholars have struggled to concede its existence. This radical book challenges arms and armor orthodoxy and is essential reading for scholars, collectors and dealers interested in India and its wider culture.