August 02, 2012
The Mongul ruler, whose kingdom stretched from Delhi to Moscow, captured 27 thrones across Asia in the 14th century as he set out to restore Genghis Khan's empire. A military mastermind, Tamerlane was also recognized as a patron of the arts, mingling with Muslim intellectuals of the time including Tunisian philosopher Ibn Khaldun and Persian poet Hafez.
The legend of Tamerlane, self-proclaimed "conqueror of the world," has traveled far beyond Asia to inspire the work of countless writers and composers centuries behind him. Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe wrote of Timur's exploits in his drama Tamburlaine the Great in 1590 while famed composer George Frederic Handel created an opera in three acts, Tamerlano, in 1724. Edgar Allen Poe's Tamerlane and Other Poems, released in 1827, was his first published work; the title poem "Tamerlane" depicts a ruthless dictator who laments the loss of his first love.
When you don our Tamerlane Coat, you'll understand why the ruler so jealously guarded his control over The Silk Road.
Were he alive today, I wonder what Tamerlane would conquer next?