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History Today
Vol. 9, no. 3 (March 1959), p. 151-159


The exploits of Tamburlaine, or Timur the Tartar, inspired the composition of one of the first of the great English blank verse tragedies. But Marlowe's fantastic personage scarcely outdid the 14th century conqueror - the herdsman son of a petty local chief, whose victorious armies ranged from the threshold of China to the plains of Angora, where he broke the armies of the Ottoman Sultan and established himself as the foremost power in Asia