In my foray through medieval history, I’ve now arrived in India.
I feel much more of a connection with the Guptas. I’m not sure why- I think dynastic history is just so huge that it makes for distant reading. The Chinese families are already so large and established that, for me, a certain distance must be maintained.
The story of India at this point is different- small families conquering and then backing away, becoming “King” in name and tribute only. For the most part, this golden age appears to be tolerant, serene, and completely deserving of its gilded reputation.
This chapter flew by- I can’t blame easier language or less complicated history, but I do think a bit of the era’s culture resonates in the writing and makes it much more accessible.