Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.--Jawaharlal Nehru University).
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-267) and index.
Note on Transliteration and Usage ix -- 2 Sufi Tale of Rajputs in Sixteenth-century Avadh 22 -- 3 Rajput Kings and their Pasts in the Mughal Period 65 -- 4 Tales of Past Glory under Early Colonial Indirect Rule (c. 1750-1850) 117 -- 5 Exemplary Patriotism in the Late Nineteenth Century 157 -- 7 Appendix 1: Summaries of Selected Versions of the Legend 207 -- 8 Appendix 2: List of Known Versions/Manuscripts/Editions of the Padmini Legend 228.
Sreenivasan explores how early modern regional elites, caste groups and mythical, and monastic communities shaped their distinctive versions of the past through the repeated refashioning of the legend of Padmini.