The present volume consists of extracts from hitherto untapped source – various Sanskrit and Telugu works bearing on the history
of the Empire. A constructive study of these sources goes a long way in correcting the chronicles in many places and conveys
information which would make a fuller history of the empire of Vijayanagara possible. Many of these are unpublished manuscripts,
rare publications and works out-of-print. Each of the extract has been provided, with an English introduction which, though not a
faithful translation, contains a summary of the historical facts.
Besides the obvious value of these extracts, they also throw considerable light on the possible of various subordinate families of
this work, it is hoped, would show the Vijayanagara empire in a proper setting, in respect of its character and significance in the
history of India.
The course of his work was much facilitated by the ready assistance that he always received from the Librarian and the staff of the
Government Oriental Manuscript Library. In the present stage of manuscripts cataloguing in this part of the present stage of
manuscripts cataloguing in this part of the country much has to be left for change. A few of the most important among the works
laid under contribution in the following selection are found to be in the libraries but not catalogued. While, therefore, the collection
presented here may, from our present knowledge of manuscripts, considered fairly exhaustive, it will not be surprising at all if many
more come to light through the active work of the various search parties that are out at work from the Government Manuscript
Library now. When practically the whole work was in type, the student lighted upon the work Sivatattvaratnakara from which three
excerpts, throwing new light upon the later history of Vijayanagara, are made. If other works like this should be forthcoming, it need
not cause any surprise at all.
In the work of selecting and editing, I had thought the willing assistance of the student himself which rendered the work much less
onerous to me than it would otherwise have been. It only remains to acknowledge the assistance rendered in proof-reading by the
other Research student of mine, Mr. R. Satyanatha, R.A. (Hons.), and the excellent work of the Government Press in putting the
matter through the press. Those interested in historical research will surely feel grateful to the Madras University Syndicate for their
enlightened policy in promoting the publication of this work, which, let me hope, is but the beginning of a long series to come.
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