Author: Ratnakar Sadasyulu
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`The City of Victory’ is the epic saga of Vijayanagara empire. The empire of Vijayanagara was
founded by Harihara and Bukkaraya under the guidance of Sri Vidyaranya Swami at Hampi in
1336 CE. The book traces the rise and fall of the Empire, and its final extinguishing in 1652 CE at
Vellore. The book places this history in the context of global politics during this period.
Many Telugus know of Srikrishna Devaraya, the most famous emperor of the empire, his exploits
in the war-field as well as in the arena of literature and arts. Bhuvana Vijayam, the literary court of
Krishna Deva Raya comprising the Ashta diggajas, the 8 great poets, are integral and essential to
the Telugu sense of cultural identity. There’s an entire chapter which deals with the Bhuvana
Vijayam including Srikrishnadeva Raya as the poet-king. Yet we don’t know about the dynasties
preceding him and the times after him or the events forming this magnificent era in history. We
are faintly familiar with the tragic battle at Tallikota, but we don’t know what happened after.
The book covers the Sangama, Saluva and Tuluva dynasties which have founded and expanded
the Vijayanagara Kingdom into a mighty Hindu empire in the south, extending into the far south
and to Odisha in the east covering the peninsular land between the seas on eastern and western
coast. and an account of various battles fought to establish the supremacy.
The author highlights the empire’s contribution in preventing the onward march of Muslim
kingdoms down south for close to 250 years, and in preserving Hindu culture and arts. This book
also reveals that this empire was perhaps the richest kingdoms of its times in the world.
This book is comprehensive historical picture of an empire that preserved Southern India from
invasions for nearly three centuries.