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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 the subject of Marlowe's play. Marozzi travelled in the footsteps of the great Mogul Emperor of Samarkland to write this wonderful combination of history and travelogue. Tamerlane is one of the most famed conquerors of all time, who inspired great literature, yet the detail is mostly a mystery. This book brings his extraordinary story to a wide audience for the first time. Chosen as a Book of the Year in the Sunday Telegraph. Competition: The Mughal Throne by Abraham Eraly

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Justin Marozzi is contributing editor of the Spectator. He used to sell tobacco to Libya and was the Financial Times's correspondent in the Philippines for two years. He writes regularly for the Financial Times and has also written for The Times and The Economist and broadcast for the BBC World Service and Radio Four. He is the author of South from Barbary, an account of a journey along the old slave routes of the Libyan Sahara.


'Using many contemporary sources, Marozzi creates a convincing portrait of a complex man... 'An engaging mixture of history, travelogue and contemporary reportage... well written and skilfully put together' Jonathan Sumption, Sunday Telegraph (Books of the Year) 'He has brought the mighty warrior in from the cold and allowed him to stalk these pages with bloody magnificence' Sunday Times 'Walking... about the dazzling buildings that are Tamur's legacy, [Marozzi] brilliantly conveys how everything goes in cycles, both in nature and in human affairs.' Daily Telegraph 'Excellent... Provides a superbly rounded and vivid portrait of one of history's most fascinating personalities' Evening Standard 'As well researched in libraries as with boots on the ground in some of the world's more impenetrable places, this is a fine study of a neglected but linchpin historical figure' Daily Mail 'Robust, enthusiastic and richly detailed... full of fascinating, if often gruesome, anecdotes' Literary Review

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