Khutulun Political Influence

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The last witness, the beautiful warrior princess Khutulun, appeared before the court expressing reverence for the Mongol Empire and its highest leader. As the great granddaughter of Genghis Khan, Khutulun had influence over her father’s political interest. She mentioned that her father may have named her his heir but her male relatives resisted this. The mere fact that Khutulun could have ruled emphasizes the empowerment of women in Mongol society during a time of extreme patriarchy and misogyny. She also explained her system of courtship in which she wrestled suitors for a bet of 100 horses if they loss. She collected 10,000 horses, an astounding number that denotes the independence she had while other women were facing arranged marriages

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