WOMEN OF HISTORY: Khutulun (1260 - 1306 AD)
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Khutulun, the Mongol Princess of 10,000 horses, was born in 1260, during a period of high conflict within her father’s empire. She stood out from her 14 brothers as the most skilled rider, shooter, and strategic military leader and supported her father’s cause in several battles.


As she got older, her father was anxious for her to marry (strategically). But, Khutulun wasn’t stoked to get married. She made a bet with any potential suitors near and far that if they could defeat her in a wrestling match, she would marry them! But if they lost, they had to pay a debt of 100 horses. 


Khutulun remained undefeated her whole life.


And, she obtained a herd of horses so large it rivaled the emperor’s herd!


Eventually, her AND her father’s reputations started to become tarnished by her refusal to marry, so… she gave in and married someone that history doesn’t even remember by name. However, whoever it was never beat her at wrestling.

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