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Tamerlane : sword of Islam, conqueror of the world

Author: Justin Marozzi
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Tamerlane was the greatest conqueror the world has ever seen. His armies were irresistible, feared throughout Asia, Africa and Europe. Wherever they rode, death rained down around them like the plague. His very name evokes mystery and romance: the clash of swords on steppes and snow-clad mountains; the legendary opulence of a cruel Oriental despot and the astonishing magnificence of his blue-domed capital at  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Timur; Timur; Amir) Timur (Timuridenreich
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Justin Marozzi
ISBN: 000711611X 9780007116119
OCLC Number: 51234187
Description: xxiv, 449 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Justin Marozzi.

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A powerful account of the life of Tamerlane the Great (1336-1405), the last master nomadic power, one of history's most extreme tyrants ever, and subject of Marlowe's play. Marozzi travelled in the  Read more...

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