Mongolian Princess Khutulun

A white European representation of Khutulun wrestling. Devisement du monde, Marco Polo. Manuscript Français 2810, fol. 95v. Public domain

Khutulun's story is a little bit cloudy, in part because it’s many hundreds of years old, and in part because accounts of her life involve a combination of propaganda and an outsider’s interpretation of it.

Holly's Research:

  • Brack, Yoni. “A Mongol Princess Making Hajj: The Biography of El Qutlugh Daughter of Abagha Ilkhan (r. 1265–82).” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. JRAS, Series 3, 21, 3 (2011), pp. 331–359.
  • Lane, George. “Daily Life in the Mongol Empire.” Greenwood Publishing Group. 2006.
  • Weatherford, Jack. “The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire.” Crown/Archetype. 2010.
  • Weatherford, Jack. “The Wrestler Princess.” Lapham’s Quarterly. September 27, 2010.
  • Yule, Sir Henry, ed. “The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian: Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East.” John Murray. 1875. Volume 2. Accessed online:

Topics in this Podcast: military history, show notes, biographies, marco polo, Kublai Khan, Mongolia, women