Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Thu Apr 25 12:42:49 UTC 2013

On 4/25/13 12:02 AM, Automatic digest processor wrote:
>>>> >> >Russified <Tsarnaev> [tsahr-NA-yeff] variously anglified: [zar-NA-yev],
>>>> >> >even heard an early [Sarnoff]. The patronymic <Anzorovich> identifies the
>>>> >> >alleged father, <Anzor>. Black hat Tamerlan [tammer-LANN] (no doubt yearned
>>>> >> >to live up to his namesake, Tamerlane 1336-1405, <When I rise from the
>>>> >> >dead, the world shall tremble!>)
> I'm so glad that I'm not the only one who was thinking that. I have not
> heard a peep re: this on the one medieval list I read. (And my youngest
> played soccer with a Timur. . . ) I downloaded Marlowe's "Tamburlaine"
> to read, but I can't recall what the medieval source would have been
> that Marlowe used. . .
And then later on in the day I remembered the connection between Boston
and the name "Tamerlane" that had been nagging at the back of my mind:

Poe's first collection of poems was published in Boston in 1829?. The
title? _Tamerlane and Other Poems_. While Poe was born in Boston, he
didn't grow up here, and he left Boston in a huff after the publication.

---Amy West

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