By Phillip B. Wagoner

This overdue sixteenth-century Telugu textual content deals insights into existence on the capital and into cultural understandings after its fall.

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The issue of the king’s independence fades to insignificance in the face o f the for more urgent problem o f the king’s absence from the city. When Appaji leams from the palace guards that the king has gone out the night before and never returned, he is alarmed and worried, not for fear o f the king’s personal, bodily safety, but rather because of the political crisis that his absence poses. As he later explains to the king when he has found him, “ ‘ When the harem guard women and doorkeepers said that your lordship had gone out as if to inspect the city but hadn’t yet returned, I was upset to say the least.

81), each time over the failure of Madurai to pay the tribute due the imperial throne. Then, in 1601, Madurai joined forces with a number o f other Nayaka houses in a war against Venkatapati’s loyal governor Yacama Nayadu, this time to demonstrate their solidarity with the Nayaka ruler o f Vellore, whose amaram estate had been transferred to Yacama by the Vijayanagara king (FSVH, 1:321-324; FSVH, vols. 2 and 3, nos. 218, 219a, 219b, 222). In 1610, there was yet another war over tribute (Heras 1927, pp.

J tippi **. 1 so * A n Ethmhistorical Perspective Form alone remains an abstraction^ that can be reproduced and imposed UHlffiVnew'site, but the specific potency o f a site is some- ThewOttrtlMTSffS^'SFter is<5j furtfieT col lllll'l 15'Vhis notion and testifies to the unique inimitability of the city of Vijayanagara. Indeed, even at the end of the fifteenth century, when the usurpa­ tion o f authority first by the Saluvas and then, just a decade later' by the-Ttritwas offered sucn as Chandragiri.

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