By Robert Sewell
Pass judgement on Robert Sewell (1845-1925) was once a civil servant in colonial India. He did huge paintings at the historical past of the Vijayanagara Empire, fairly the autumn of Hampi, the empire's capital. He translated The Vijayanagar Empire as visible through Domingo Paes and Fernao Nuniz - defined as an eyewitness account of Portuguese visitors to India within the sixteenth century and document at the Vijayanagar Empire. His different works comprise: Analytical historical past of India (1870), Eclipses of the Moon in India (1878), Antiquarian is still in Presidency of Madras (1882), A caricature of the Dynasties of S. India (1883), South Indian Chronological Tables (1889) and The Indian Calendar (with S. B. Dikshit) (1896).
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Senhor Lopes, who has published these documents in the original Portuguese in a recent work, writes in his introduction: "Nothing that we know of in any language can compare with them, whether for their historical importance or for the description given of the country, and especially of the capital, its products, customs, and the like. " They are indeed invaluable, and throw an extraordinary light on the condition of Vijayanagar as well as on several doubtful points of history. Thus, for instance, we have in Nuniz for the first time a definite account of the events that led to the fall of the First Dynasty and the establishment of the second by the usurpation of Narasimha.
Donald Ferguson in the pages of the Indian Antiquary. The first pair of original papers was sent with a covering letter by some one at Goa to some one in Europe. The names are not given, but there is every reason for believing that the recipient was the historian Barros in Lisbon.  I have inserted a facsimile of two pages of the text, so that no doubt may remain on this point. The first portion consists of the conclusion of the text of Fernao Nuniz; the second of the covering letter written by the person who sent the originals to Europe; the third of the beginning of the text of Domingo Paes.
1366 the Sultan opened his first regular campaign against Vijayanagar. Originating in an after-dinner jest, it ended only after such slaughter that Firishtah computes the victims on the Hindu side alone as numbering no less than half a million.  "One evening, when the spring of the garden of mirth had infused the cheek of Mahummud Shaw with the rosy tinge of delight, a band of musicians sung two verses of Ameer Khoossroo in praise of kings, festivity, and music. The Sultan was delighted beyond measure, and commanded Mallek Syef ad Dien Ghoree to give the three hundred performers a draft for a gratuity on the treasury of the roy of Beejanuggur.
A Forgotten Empire: Vijayanagar - A Contribution to the History of India by Robert Sewell