This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 Excerpt: ...an exercise to which his bravest soldiers had been accustomed. It was a point of discipline which he had so much the more at heart, as his ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 Excerpt: ...an exercise to which his bravest soldiers had been accustomed. It was a point of discipline which he had so much the more at heart, as his army suffered greater loss by this kind of mock engagements than they did through disease or in conflicts with the enemy. In spite of this prohibition, the Mirza Miran Shah, his third son, disobeyed the injunction of his father. He put himself at the head of a troop of Tartars, and engaged another troop with so much fury that a small number only on both sides survived the combat. This act of disobedience irritated Timur to such a degree that he became incapable of consolation. Twice he gave orders that his son should be put to death, but as often repented and retracted the order. Distracted between his zeal for discipline and his paternal affection for Miran Shah, these two passions so preyed upon his mind that he fell sick. His great age, mortification, and anxiety of mind, all contributed to render his case desperate. It was then that he excluded every one from his presence with the exception of an Imaun, who was made acquainted with his sentiments on matters of faith. Full of confidence in the mercy and justice of God, he expired at the age of sixty-nine years, confessing the unity of one God." The character of this celebrated conqueror has been variously coloured, according to the bias of those who have recorded the great and stirring, but too frequently terrible, events of his life. Timur is said to have been distinguished for his sincere piety, great veneration for religion, strict justice, and unbounded liberality; but it would be a difficult matter to find these virtues realised in the actions of his life, which was remarkable for hypocrisy, cruelty, and oppression. His religion appears to have been a weak a...Read Less
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