a grouse with completely feathered feet



Tamerlane in Ephesus 2003:

[In 1402, Tamerlane] took Izmir, the western Anatolian base of the knights of St John, which Bayezit had never managed to do; and there finding the pyramid he built with the severed heads of the garrison and the population combined too small, he had the heap repacked, with alternate layers of heads and mud. As he left the region the nervous citizens of Ephesus sent their children to meet him, singing, but the gruesome Tartar growled, ‘What is this noise?’ and had his cavalry ride then all down; then he went on his way...



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