9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Good introduction (3.5*),
This review is from: Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World (Hardcover)
This is an interesting book about a fascinating and under-exposed topic. The tale of Temur is indeed great and is on a comparable level to Napolean, Alexander etc In addition to this Marozzi generaly writes well, although the prose is occasionaly a little stop-go. Just a few gripes which prevented the 4th star. Firstly much of the historiography (sorry if thats not the right word) is quite superficial, there is little analytical depth. Secondly there is too much desciption of minute architectural detail, personally i am not that interested in the exact decoration of every single one of the palaces/monuments/tmples construted by Temur, then again others may find this fascinating. Lastly Marozzi often weaves contemporary narrative and information concerning his experiences of the area and whilst this is sometimes interesting, broadly speaking it detracts from the history.