By Daud Ali
Representing the 1st full-length learn of courtly tradition in classical India, this publication explores the expansion of royal families and the advance of a courtly worldview within the Gupta interval (c. 350-750) and its aftermath. utilizing either literary assets and inscriptions as much as 1200, the booklet establishes the association, team of workers and protocol of the royal family because the heritage for a sustained exam of courtly ethics, notions of good looks, and theories of erotic love.
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Literature and inscriptions attest to the existence of gosthis both within courtly settings and beyond them. The later Gupta king Adityasena, for example, is described in his Aphsad stone inscription as 'laughing in a charming manner at the gatherings (gosthi) of his beloved servants (vallabhabhrtyd)',125 The bhdna monologue plays, on the other hand, depict gosthis as composed chiefly of urbane men. 34-6. Chattopadhyaya refers to the gosthi as a 'salon like gathering': Chattopadhyaya, 'City in Early India', p.
It would seem, then, that this family saw its fortune rise as generals of the Guptas. At this stage they also seem to have commanded a powerful household with extensive dependants of their own, and presumably enjoyed some form of land revenue, perhaps at the appointment of their overlords, who HC, ch. 5, p. 173. See the authors of the ten Parivrajaka and Uccakalpa land grants in CII3 (1888), nos. 21-31, pp. 93-139, who claim to be the descendants of ministers who held the title of bhogika. 54 The evidence for secular land grants from this period has been less well preserved than grants of land to religious beneficiaries.
90 Conflict between fathers and princes, between uterine or half-brothers, often involved other members of the royal household, most notably queens, whose loyalty to their sons was potentially greater than to their 88 90 See the remarks of Henige, 'Some Phantom Dynasties', pp. 539-44. 5. Here Kautilya disagrees with other thinkers on the subject, who view the princes' temptations as an opportunity to expose disloyalty rather than cultivate propriety. 28-39. 7-8. 6. 91 It is perhaps significant that the prescriptions on policies towards wives and sons in the political treatises are invariably juxtaposed to guidelines for the protection of the king's person.
Courtly Culture and Political Life in Early Medieval India by Daud Ali