Tamerlane the Disabled

Tartar warlord Tamerlane may have been the greatest conqueror of all, outshining Genghis Khan and Alexander the Great, but few recognize the fact that the great warrior was severely disabled in his youth. The BBC features Tamerlane in an article for Disability History Month.

Born in Samarkand in 1336 in what is now Uzbekistan, Tamerlane is believed to have been injured around 1363 in south-west Afghanistan, although chronicles differ. The disability was proven in 1941 when archaeologists discovered the conqueror's tomb and remains which showed abnormalities to the thigh bone and shoulder.