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

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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.

Synopsis:

The award-winning author of the best-selling Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World presents a meticulously researched account of the pivotal contributions of the dynasty's women throughout subsequent centuries.

Synopsis:

A history of the ruling women of the Mongol Empire, this work reveals their struggle to preserve a nation that shaped the world.

About the Author

JACK WEATHERFORD holds the DeWitt Wallace Chair of Anthropology at Macalester College in Minnesota and an honorary position at Chinggis Khaan University in Mongolia. In 2007 he received the Order of the Polar Star, the highest award for service to the Mongol Nation for writing Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World., He is also the author of Indian Givers, Native Roots, Savages and Civilizations, and The History of Money.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The missing chapter — pt. 1. Tiger queens of the Silk Route, 1206-1241 — It takes a hero — The growling dragon and the dancing peacock — Our daughters are our shields — Queens at war and commerce — pt. 2. The shattered jade realm, 1242-1470 — War against women — Granddaughters of resistance — The rabbit demon's revenge — Daughter of the yellow dragon — The falling prince and the rising queen — pt. 3. Wolf mother, 1470-1510 — The white road of the warrior widow — Winning the war and raising a husband — Facing the wall — Her jade realm restored — Epilogue: The secrets of history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307589361
Subtitle:
How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire
Publisher:
Crown Publishers
Creator:
Jack Weatherford
Author:
Weatherford, Jack
Author:
Jack Weatherford
Subject:
Fiction : Suspense
Subject:
History : Asia - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Women
Subject:
Mongols -- History.
Subject:
Mongolia
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Asia-Mongolia
Subject:
World History-Asia
Subject:
ASIA-MONGOLIA719EndCap
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Chinese
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100216
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
317

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"Synopsis" by , A history of the ruling women of the Mongol Empire, this work reveals their struggle to preserve a nation that shaped the world.
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