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The character of Timur may have been based on Abdallah Es-Zaghal, Moorish king of Grenada, who sold his kingdom for $17,000,000, then was arrested by Benimeren, King of Fez, who blinded Abdallah and took his money. Abdullah was forced to live the life of an outcast, panhandling for money while wearing a sign that read, "This is the unfortunate king of Andalusia. See more
Referenced in The Turandot Project