The History of Ceylon from the Earliest Period to the Present Time

The History of Ceylon from the Earliest Period to the Present Time : With an Appendix, Containing an Account of its Present Condition

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William Knighton (d.1900) published this history of Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) in 1845. He spent most of his career there and in India, and published a number of vivid accounts of his experiences. This book surveys the ancient past of the island up to Knighton's own day, covering its many rulers and invaders as well as its shifting eras of unity and fracture into competing kingdoms. It gives an account of the first settlement, the establishment of Buddhism, the growth of the ancient capital Anuradhapura, the reign of Queen Anula (the first female ruler in Asia), the emergence of early Christianity, the development of the caste system, the medieval wars after the forming of the Jaffna Kingdom, the arrival of the Portuguese, the Dutch, and later the British invasion. Covering law, agriculture, arts, religion and language, this learned work remains relevant to students of Sri Lankan history and culture.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 544.31g
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1108055508
  • 9781108055505

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. First settlement of Ceylon; 2. Utteya; 3. State of Ceylon before the Christian era; 4. Buddhism, and its influence on the public mind; 5. Koodatisso; 6. State of Ceylon during the first eight centuries after Christ; 7. Invasion of the Malabars; 8. Proceedings of Prackrama; 9. Remarks on the history of Ceylon prior to the arrival of the Portuguese; 10. Jurisprudence of Ceylon; 11. Knowledge possessed of Ceylon in Europe before the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505; 12. Eastern discoveries of the Portuguese; 13. Don John and De Souza; 14. Singha defeats Diego de Mela; 15. Obsequiousness of the Dutch to the Ceylonese; 16. Habits and condition of the Ceylonese; 17. Embassies of the English; 18. Formal deposition of Wickrama; Appendices.show more