When Ögedei dies in late 1241, the empire must choose a successor before it can move forward. In spite of the late Khan determining in advance that it should be his grandson, his empress has other ideas - namely, installing her own irascible son, Güyük, instead. This raises more than a few eyebrows, especially from the Lord of the Golden Horde (and Güyük's personal nemesis) Batu Khan. He'll spend then next 5 years doing absolutely everything in his power to prevent Güyüks' enthronement. And so, when Güyük is finally installed... is it any surprise that he'll seek to get even on his hated cousin? Their looking showdown on the fields of Dzungaria will set the stage for a truly unpredictable series of events, that will leave the Mongol Empire altered forever...
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Time Period Covered:
Major Historical Figures:
Temuge Otchigin, Genghis Khan's youngest brother, Prince of the Hearth [1168-1246]
*Ögedei Khaghan [r. 1232-1241]
Toregene Khatun [r. 1242-1246]
Güyük Khaghan [r. 1246-1248]
Oghul Khaimish Khatun [r. 1248-1251]
Prince Shiremun [d. 1251]
Prince Khodan [d. 1246]
Lady Fatima [d. 1246]
*Tolui Otchigin [1191-1232]
Sorkhakhtani Beki [1190-1252]
Möngke Khaghan [r. 1251-1259]
Prince Ariq Boke
General Menggesar, Noyan Companion of Mongke
*Jochi [c. 1182-1225]
Batu, Khan of the Golden Horde [1205-1255]
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- Onon, Urgunge (tr.). The Secret History of the Mongols: The Life and Times of Chinggis Khan.
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- Rossabi, Morris. “The Reigns of Ogodei and Guyug” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 6: Alien Regimes and Border States, 907-1368.
- Weatherford, Jack. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World.
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