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The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire
 
 
Author
Jack Weatherford.
Publisher Crown  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780307407153
Pages/Publication Date 317/2010
Daedalus Item Code 21743
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Anthropologist Jack Weatherford, author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World (which earned him the Order of the Polar Star, the highest award for service to the Mongol Nation), here pieces together the threads of a family history almost obliterated by the male heirs of Khan's empire: that of his daughters, who proved themselves every bit their equals.

"Though the prolific Genghis Khan fathered numerous sons and daughters, historians have dutifully recorded the foibles and follies of his male heirs while virtually ignoring the accomplishments of his female offspring. Weatherford seeks to remedy this glaring omission by providing a fascinating romp through the feminine side of the infamous Khan clan. Surprisingly, old Genghis himself seems to have been impressed enough by the leadership abilities of his womenfolk to want to reward some of them with pieces of his vast empire. At least four of his daughters became queens of their own countries, exercising power over their courts, their armies, and, of course, their families. Important linchpins in the Mongol Empire, these women supplied the balance of power necessary to appease fractious tribes and territories. Unfortunately, soon after Genghis Khan's death, the female rulers were challenged by their male relatives, and the fragile bonds that held the Mongol Empire together quickly disintegrated. Ironically, it wasn't until the emergence of a new queen, two centuries later, that the once-mighty Mongol nation was reunited."Booklist

 
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