I am fascinated with this story. Doing the research, I found myself in a wormhole of Mongolian culture, history, and more importantly… the textiles!
Khutulun (1260 – 1306) was the favorite child of her father, Kaidu (she was also Kublai Khan’s niece). Kaidu was the most powerful ruler of Central Asia.
Marco Polo described Khutulun as a superb warrior, one who could ride into enemy ranks and snatch a captive as easily as a hawk snatches a chicken.
Aside from being a fierce warrior, she was also quite brilliant. Khutulun insisted that anyone that wanted to marry her, must defeat her in a wrestling match. If they lost, they hand over their horse. Rumor has it, that she acquired over 10,000 horses. HA! Too bad, so sad.
Eventually she did marry (without a wrestling match.) His identity is questionable, as various sources have conflicting information. Some say her husband was…
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