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    DescriptionThe 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.


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    Title
    The Secret History of the Mongol Queens
    Subtitle
    How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jack Weatherford
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 164 mm
    Height: 238 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 599 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307407153
    ISBN 10: 0307407152
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1F
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    Libri: I-HP
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS003000, BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ASIAN
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010, BIO014000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A15400300
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 49
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    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    BIC subject category V2: 1F
    DC22: 950.20922
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    LC classification: DS22 .W39 2010
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, 1 map
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    CROWN PUBLISHING GROUP, DIVISION OF RANDOM HOUSE INC
    Publication date
    15 July 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.