You know it’s hard out there for a prince. The fourth sons of a fourth son, Khubilai of the Borjigin will grow up little recognized, and bound for a life of little more than comfortable obscurity. But between his mother’s machinations, his wife’s guidance, his own skills… and a healthy smattering of good fortune, he’ll find himself suddenly thrust into the spotlight and tasked with overseeing the conquest of the Mongols’ oldest foe.
Time Period Covered:
Major Historical Figures:
Tolui [c. 1191-1232] – 4th son of Genghis Khan, Khubilai’s father
Sorkhokhtani Beki [c. 1190-1252] – Khubilai’s mother, Nestorian Christian
Möngke Khaghan [1209-1259] – Tolui’s eldest son, 4th Great Khan of the Mongols
Khubilai, Ilkhan of the Left [1215-1289] – favored grandson of Genghis
Hulagu, Ilkhan of the Right [1218-1265] – 3rd son of Tolui and Sorkhokhtani
Ariq Böke [1219-1266] – youngest son of Tolui, Otchigin “Hearthkeeper”
Chabi Khatun [1225-1281] – Khubilai’s 2nd wife & only love, Tibetan Buddhist
Minister Yao Shu
Liu Bingzhong, Buddhist Monk, Adviser & Architect of Kaiping/Shangdu city
The Phagspa Lama [1235-1280]
King Duan Xingzhi [r. 1251-1254, 1256-1260 (as Maharaja)]
Prime Minister Gao Taixiang [d. 1253]
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