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This is a classic work by a renowned medievalist, Simon Digby, updated with a new introduction. A pioneering work in military history of medieval South Asia, it was first presented as a paper at the Conference on War, Technology and Society in the Middle East held at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. The book provides a fascinating and insightful glimpse into the military organization of the Delhi Sultante (1192-1398). The Delhi Sultans were famed for their use
of Tatari war-horses brought to Delhi from the Persian Gulf, as well as the horses of the Punjab. The pre-eminence of the Delhi Sultanate in cavalry played a large role in the political ascendancy of the Sultanate as well as the military dominance of the Sultans over two centuries. Having highlighted the place of the war-horse in the army of the Sultans, Digby moves on to talk about the elephant in medieval Indian warfare, and describes the legendary pilkhana of the Sultanate.
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