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Old November 16th, 2012, 06:21 PM   #11

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I don't know how massively important, but :
Philip I "the Amorous" of France
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Philip II of France come to mind.
I know there are others, but these two popped
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Old November 16th, 2012, 06:31 PM   #12

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In a grander context

Genghis Khan
Surprised that he was mentioned so late on the thread. From a lowly bereft boy to ruler of the largest contiguous land empire in history - yup, I'd say Genghis, hands down.
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Genghis Khan
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Surprised that he was mentioned so late on the thread. From a lowly bereft boy to ruler of the largest contiguous land empire in history - yup, I'd say Genghis, hands down.
Wholeheartedly thirded here.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 07:07 PM   #14

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Perhaps honorable mentions should be given to Ibn al-‘Arabi and Maimonides?
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Old November 16th, 2012, 07:24 PM   #15

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Perhaps honorable mentions should be given to Ibn al-‘Arabi and Maimonides?
Agreed, especially the latter.

I'd say it's most definitely Genghis Khan, with Bernard of Clairvaux, Henry II of England, Philip II Augustus, and Salah ad-Din as honorable mentions.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 07:50 PM   #16

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While he was born around 1162, the things that made him important - the unification of the Mongol tribes and his conquests of Asia - occurred in the thirteenth century and not the twelfth.

Really depends on your point of view I guess.
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While he was born around 1162, the things that made him important - the unification of the Mongol tribes and his conquests of Asia - occurred in the thirteenth century and not the twelfth.

Really depends on your point of view I guess.
Good point Bamboozle, he was Khan from 1206-1227 , pondering to do.
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Old November 17th, 2012, 05:40 AM   #18

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for some reason the histories of the "orient" do get left out quite a bit --
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for some reason the histories of the "orient" do get left out quite a bit --
Well, this forum's language of use is English and most users are from Western countries. It is therefore natural that European history is more talked about while Asian history is somehow not discussed as much.
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While he was born around 1162, the things that made him important - the unification of the Mongol tribes and his conquests of Asia - occurred in the thirteenth century and not the twelfth.

Really depends on your point of view I guess.
That's a most relevant point here indeed.

Anyway, IMHO (just that!) the importance of any single individual (the OP) couldn't be objectively split between two centuries.

So all that said. Temüjin is still my best bet.
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