The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire

The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire

The Mongol queens of the thirteenth century ruled the largest empire the world has ever known. Yet sometime near the end of the century, censors cut a section from "The Secret History of the Mongols, " leaving a single tantalizing quote from Genghis Khan: "Let us reward our female offspring." Only this hint of a father's legacy for his daughters remained of a much larger story.
The queens of the Silk Route turned their father's conquests into the world's first truly international empire, fostering trade, education, and religion throughout their territories and creating an economic system that stretched from the Pacific to the Mediterranean. Outlandish stories of these powerful queens trickled out of the Empire, shocking the citizens of Europe and and the Islamic world.
After Genghis Khan's death in 1227, conflicts erupted between his daughters and his daughters-in-law; what began as a war between powerful women soon became a war against women in power as brother turned against sister, son against mother. At the end of this epic struggle, the dynasty of the Mongol queens had seemingly been extinguished forever, as even their names were erased from the historical record..
One of the most unusual and important warrior queens of history arose to avenge the wrongs, rescue the tattered shreds of the Mongol Empire, and restore order to a shattered world. Putting on her quiver and picking up her bow, Queen Mandhuhai led her soldiers through victory after victory. In her thirties she married a seventeen-year-old prince, and she bore eight children in the midst of a career spent fighting the Ming Dynasty of China on one side and a series of Muslim warlords on the other. Her unprecedented success on the battlefield provoked the Chinese into the most frantic and expensive phase of wall building in history. Charging into battle even while pregnant, she fought to reassemble the Mongol Nation of Genghis Khan and to preserve it for her own children to rule in peace.
At the conclusion of his magnificently researched and ground-breaking narrative, Weatherford notes that, despite their mystery and the efforts to erase them from our collective memory, the deeds of these Mongol queens inspired great artists from Chaucer and Milton to Goethe and Puccini, and so their stories live on today. With "The Secret History of the Mongol Queens," Jack Weatherford restores the queens' missing chapter to the annals of history.

Title:The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780307407153
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  • Zana

    Okay, it's not that this was a bad book. In fact, it was a four-star book (well, a three-and-a-half, but let's call it four). Except.Except that Jack Weatherford wrote a brilliant book called Genghis ...

  • Alice Poon

    In my opinion, the author deserves even more credit for this book than "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World", simply because historians tend to play down women's contribution to shaping th...

  • Bryn Hammond

    This is, or has, both speculative history and history told as story--as per his first on the Mongols, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World. Perhaps I found more quibbles with this one. For ...

  • Dori

    Okay, I'm obsessed with the Mongol Empire. Otherwise, why would I write a novel about a princess who lived in that era? But this book really captured my imagination.Most of us think of "barbarians" an...

  • Beka

    I have probably recommended this book to more people than any other book I have read in the past year. In part, this is because it is extremely readable and easily accessible even to people who have n...

  • Missy J

    Mongolian ger (yurt) transported on a cart.Inside a Mongolian ger.The Mongolian practice of tsatsal, which consists of tossing fermented mare's milk into the air as an offering to the spirits (usually...

  • Caroline

    This is how you write historical non-fiction. This is definitely how you write about badass women in history.I honestly feel kind of bad as a feminist for not knowing about Mongol women earlier. Not t...

  • Tumeeb13 Bold

    Well, not exactly this version, but a Mongolian translation I read. Just too lazy to add a new book. It was really interesting to read it. How some historical facts were buried. At some point, it felt...

  • Lauren Albert

    This was one of those books where I wished the author would allow a good story to speak for itself. There was way too much melodramatic language:"The Mongol nation and the once glorious Golden Family ...

  • K.

    So here's the thing: basically everything I knew about Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire comes from playing Civilisation II as a kid. Which is to say that I knew Karakorum was the capital and Genghis...