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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling lajb about the problem. Return to Book Page. Tamerlane the Taimoro Shaker by Harold Lamb. Lamb was a writer for Adventure magazines and an excellent historical novelist, being considered an expert on the periods he wrote about. Tamerlane is a Westernization of the Persian tale of Tamer Lenk.
When the baby was first born, his parents took him to a holy sheik to be blessed.
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As they arrived, the sheik was reading a section of the Koran with that As they arrived, the sheik was reading a section of the Koran with that word, and instantly upon seeing him declared that his name would be Tamuru. During his lifetime, he conquered more territory than anyone except Alexander. His rule extended from his home base in Samarkand, southern Russia down through Iran and Syria in the west and into Northern Indian the south, and eastward into the westernmost parts of China.
Although at times a brutal conqueror, he was also a man of compassion and great intelligence. He spoke several languages and was a patron of art, poetry and music. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing. Paperbackpages. Published March 1st by Kessinger Publishing first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Tamerlane the Earth Shakerplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Tamerlane the Earth Shaker. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. View all 11 comments. View all 5 comments. Apr 13, Zeke Chase rated it it was amazing. On a list of the worst men to have ever walked the face of the Earth, Tamerlane would fall in about the ninth or tenth lwmb depending on whether you’d like to count the Emperor Hongwu for the Fall of the Yuan Dynastyjust after Stalin.
From throughacross a gyre of slaughter stretching from Delhi to the Mongolian ttaimoor, to Moscow and the Mediterranean, he pillaged, raped, buried alive, beheaded and wrought general havoc to the tune of some 15 to 20 million dead. This is his biogra On a list of the worst men to have ever walked the face of the Earth, Tamerlane would fall in about the ninth or tenth slot depending on whether you’d like to count the Emperor Hongwu for the Fall of the Yuan Dynastyjust after Stalin.
This is his biography. Amir Timur Gurigan — Lord Timur the Splendid — rose to power in the fourteenth century, the son of a monk and cattle farmer, in what is today Uzbekistan, and what was then the last dying vestiges of the Chagatai Khanate of the fractured Mongol Empire. This is an excellent history of the fourteenth century conqueror. It’s a little hard to follow in the beginning, because there’s so many names to become associated with and given that I knew little of Tamerlane before this wasn’t sure which ones to pay attention to, but once the story get’s going, it becomes riveting.
This covers nearly every yarold of his life, from the towers of human heads and the absolute razing of Baghdad, to the dome he stole from Syria and the pleasure palace her had built in twenty days, all poetically written in that amere twentieth century melodious prose, and it reads like harolv novel. There were a few things I found slightly lacking. First, the whole India episode is told in passing, largely in snippets of news received by the princesses back in Samarkand. The relevant details are there, I suppose, but I think India was a significant enough campaign Lamb himself denotes aboutdead that it deserves a chapter of its own.
Next, Witold of Lithuania and the Poles, whom get a mere page or so in the Notes section at the end. Granted, the note informs us that it was Timur Kutluk, not Tamerlane, that chased the Mad Witold all the way into Poland. This brings me to my next point.
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If you look up the Timurid Dynasty on Wikipedia most labm the rest of the internets follow Wikipediayou’ll find borders covering Central Asia and Persia, about a million square miles less in taimpor than Alexander’s.
However, even a cursory reading of Wikipedia’s own articles shows his conquests greater than their map details, from India to Asia Minor to the Golden Horde.
I naturally came to the conclusion that he’d attacked these locations, but hadn’t annexed them for whatever reason. This is not the case, as Lamb demonstrates. Timur’s labm heir was ruling in Delhi as governor when Timur died. He had multiple governors in Turkey, and loyal Tartar followers settled in the steppes of Russia. The Mamluks of Egypt promptly surrendered and offered submission paying tribute and reading his name in the public prayers when Bayezid fell in Turkey.
One should remember, Egypt was also surrendered to Alexander without a fight, and faimoor included on his map. Lamb includes his own map, without borders, merely giving a general description based upon the cities at the fringes — Delhi, Zaisan Kazakh-Mongol borderMoscow, Constantinople.
Lamb wrote this in That means it was written prior to one of the more interesting elements of Tamerlane’s story unfolding — Timur’s Curse. He was reburied with full Islamic rites in November ofjust days before the Haroold victory at Stalingrad. One question I’m left with that I felt Lamb didn’t address as thoroughly as he could have was the role of Timur’s faith throughout his life. Certainly his faith played a role — he seemed almost fatalist with the news of his son, Omar Skaikh’s ameee — and yet Lamb notes that he never much cared for the imams and their schemes.
When he devastated Baghdad, he left the mosques standing, yet never seemed to act on any tenents of Islam. I would have liked this question to have been addressed directly, but unfortunately we’re left to gleam it from inference.
This is an excellent biography harld the Ameerr conqueror, but alas is written almost as a novel and thus is not as comprehensive as it could be. Nonetheless, I learned a tremendous amount and consider this a great resource. Jun 21, Hans rated it really liked it Shelves: Timor Lang, also known as Tamerlane was probably one of histories most enigmatic military leaders of all time.
One of the most puzzling aspects about him is that he simply didn’t lose.
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Unlike Ghengis Khan, Tamerlane’s strategies were never quite as cunning, instead hadold chose to always meet his enemies in their full strength and then crush them. He almost dismantled the Ottoman Empire with taumoor single battle. He even defeated the Golden Horde One of the hardest things to understand about him is how h Timor Lang, also known as Tamerlane was probably one of histories most enigmatic military leaders of all time.
He even defeated the Golden Horde One of the hardest things to understand about him is how he always managed to overcome any obstacle or Enemy. Unfortunately nothing he accomplished survived for long after his death. Building an empire entirely around his personality it died with him. Tamerlane Timur the lame or correctly known as Timur ruler of Samarkand I believe Lamb is correct as Timur was born in what is today Uzbekistan, which is the home land of the Tartars.
After the fall of the Soviets, they tore down the statue of Marx and Stalin and put up a big statue of Timur. I love learning these little tidbits of information. The author also said that Timur liked turquoise blue so the people made him turquoise blue cloth, they wore the cloth over the saddle that taimoro the reason they were called the blue hoard. Lamb did not specify if his enjoyment of turquoise blue was before or after his conquering of Turkey.
According to Lamb when he conquered the Golden Hoard the Mongolian tribe that ruled Russia he placed a group of Tartars in Crimea to control the area where Russian came in touch of Europe. They lived in the Crimea until Stalin sent them to the gulags.
Lamb says Timur was a great patron of the art and architecture. Timur apparently enjoyed the domes of the Byzantium architecture and brought it back to Samarkand and into Russia.
Timur used the Dome on his palaces and mosques, he was a Muslim. In enjoyed learning about Timur, his land and time. It took me a bit to get use to the sound effects used in the audio book. I read this as an audio book download from Audible. I think the voice of Charlton Griffin was appropriate for this type of story.
This was a great book, maybe mostly because Tamerlane was previously unfamiliar to me. I listened on Audible. I do not recommend this at all. I am exploring medieval history and saw this on Audible. I learned so much more from Wikipedia about Timur than from this audiobook, which I did listen to in its entirety. On Wikipedia, I could learn about conquered cities and rivals as I wished, and was treated to facts like this, about his sack of Delhi: With his Tatar forces afraid of the elephants, Timur ordered his men to dig a trench in front of their positions.
Timur then loaded his camels with as much wood and hay as they could carry. When the war elephants charged, Timur set the hay on fire and prodded the camels with iron sticks, causing them to charge at the elephants howling in pain: Timur had understood that elephants were easily panicked. Faced with the strange spectacle of camels flying straight at them with flames leaping from their backs, the elephants turned around and stampeded back toward their own lines.
Their situation hopeless, their emperor helpless before the maneuvering of the great chess player of Asia. Regiments in the rear fled while the way to safety was still open. Others broken by successive charges took their stand wherever they found any rising ground. Through them moved the armored elephants, liquid fire descending from the castles on the giant beasts, and in a rack of dust and din on that sun-tortured plain, the weary Turks died.