Women Behind the Throne – Part Two

Sorqoqtani Makes Her Move Toregene Khatun managed to delay the quriltai until 1246 but by then she was ill. She must have recognised that her son Guyuk was a weak man, even more of a drunkard than his father but without Ogodai’s good nature. The quriltai formally endorsed Guyuk as Great Khan. The coronation was …

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Women behind the Throne – Part One

Sorqoqtani and the Mongol Succession [adapted from Chapter 5 of my book The Lion, the Sun and the Eternal Blue Sky] In Mongolia, where Temuchin (Genghis Khan) is honoured today as a national hero, women enjoy a remarkable degree of economic and social independence compared to their counterparts in some other Asian countries. And, when …

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