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Medieval India

India in the Middle Ages holds many mysteries, treasures and legends. Explore the medieval past of the Indian subcontinent with these useful websites.

A clear introduction to the history of India from its earliest origins to the 18th century. Part of a larger work on the country of India produced by the Library of Congress; a public domain document online here at the Medieval History site.

The East India Company
One page on the powerful trading enterprise established in 1600 at Vinay Lal's Manas site.

Explore the Taj Mahal
Marvelous multimedia site offers fine images and interesting narration on the origins and architecture of the monument and the historical events that relate to it.

The Great Escape from Agra!
Photos and illustrations accompany the story of Hindu King Shivaji's escape from the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in Agra in this friendly presentation by Dr. Ajit Joshi.

The Mughal Empire
An overview of the Empire at Vinay Lal's Manas site covers the sixteenth to early nineteenth centuries; use the navigation bar on the left to learn more about historic individuals of the era.

Sculptures from a Sacred Realm
Half a dozen images from the Rossi & Rossi exhibit of Indian art are displayed. Note: four of the six larger images appear as broken-graphic icons, but additional text is available at each link.

Status of Women in Medieval Karnataka
Article by Dr. (Mrs.) Jyotsna Kamat explores the highly varied social positions of women in Karnataka, India, their work, their familial relationships and their personal power.

Tradition of Female Education in Karnataka
Article by Dr. Jyotsna Kamat, unfortunately plagued by typos, reveals overlooked evidence for the education of young women in Medieval India.

Steel Bows in India
Brief article by D. Elmy at the Society of Archer-Antiquaries examines the unusual weapon used in India until sometime in the Mughal period.

A Unique Memorial to a Learned Lady
Three images accompany this fascinating article by Dr. Jyotsna Kamat about the memorial to a tenth-century scholar found in Kolar.

Dom Francisco de Almeida
Dom Francisco de Almeida was the first viceroy of Portuguese India. A biography from the 1911 Encyclopedia.

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