By Kenneth M. Setton, Harry W. Hazard
The six volumes of A heritage of the Crusades will stand because the definitive background of the Crusades, spanning 5 centuries, encompassing Jewish, Moslem, and Christian views, and containing a wealth of data and research of the background, politics, economics, and tradition of the medieval global.
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D'Herbelot stated that it was not even mentioned by Arabshah, but Sir W. —Sir W. Jones's Works, v, p. 547. 2 See Clavijo, p. 73 et seq. —Ali of Yezd. h 1 INTRODUCTORY LIFE he died on the 17th of that month, in the year 1405, aged sixty-nine, leaving thirty-six male descendants. Timour's hody was embalmed with musk and rose water, wrapped in linen, laid in an ebony coffin, and sent to Samarcand, where it was buried. According to Ali of Yezd, Timour was tall and stout, but well shaped. His complexion was ruddy and fair; he had a large flowing beard, broad shoulders, and was very strong.
True, the precipices, which he must pass to reach the retreat of the infidels, were perpendicular, but the resources of Timour's mind were inexhaustible, and he resolved upon a plan as audacious as it was novel. He ordered his army to be lowered down the rocky walls, by ropes, from ledge to ledge. The sovereign himself was lowered down on a stage of planks, secured together by iron rings, and the operation was five times repeated. The whole party was now on foot, except Timour himself, whose horse had also been lowered down; and this put them on equal terms with the mountaineers, who were, however, so amazed at the unexpected appearance of the invaders, OF TIMOUR BEG.
He was bold, courageous, feared, and respected. This picture was drawn by a friendly hand ; he is described in very different colours by his enemy Ahmed ben Arabshah, who makes the spirit of winter address the dying conqueror thus :—• " Stop thy rapid career, thou unjust tyrant! How long dost thou mean to carry flames over an unhappy world 1 If thou art a spirit of hell, so am I. We are both old, and our occupation is the same, that of subjugating slaves. But proceed to extirpate mankind, and make the earth cold!
A History of the Crusades, Volume III: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries by Kenneth M. Setton, Harry W. Hazard