Medieval Mongolia’s Undefeated Wrestling Princess


Genghis Khan had a great-granddaughter named Khutulun (the cousin of Kublai Khan), and it sounds like she was a total badass:

As she grew older, she joined the public competitions and acquired great fame as the wrestler whom no man could throw. She became ever richer by winning horses from defeated opponents, and eventually her herd of ten thousand rivaled the herds of the emperor.

Read more about Khutulun and the amazingly equitable role of women in thirteenth-century Mongolian society at Lapham’s Quarterly

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →