i was a bit taken aback to learn that this was a thing.
A story about a gang of its more famous practitioners.
An excellent radio drama from the 1940's, which sent me on my wkihunt.
Anyway, it seems to me that American media from the first half of the 20th century contains a lot more references to history than what has come since. I also learned about Tamerlane and Bayezid I through an old Harold Lamb novella in the July 1921 issue of Adventure. You'll have to forgive my previous ignorance; my interest has traditionally tapered off after the invention of agriculture.