The Secret History of the Mongols

Christopher P. Atwood


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Penguin Books Ltd
27 April 2023
ISBN: 9780241197912
480 pages

From the publisher

A new translation of a great historical epic, recounting the turbulent life and times of Chinggis Khan

'Bear the sword and
Hew asunder high and haughty necks
Slash apart all strong and self-willed shoulders'

Born poor into a world of dangers and hardships, Chinggis (or Genghis) Khan would grow up to unify Mongolia and conquer a vast empire stretching from modern-day Beijing to Baghdad. The Secret History of the Mongols, written after Chinggis's death in the thirteenth century, is a great historical saga recounting not only his turbulent life and times, but that of his loved ones, ancestors and heirs. This remarkable new translation of the earliest surviving work written in Mongolian gives insight into a world of warlords, kinship, horses, yurts, shamans and vast landscapes, where bloody battles and violent family conflicts are impelled by Heaven's destiny.

Translated with an introduction by Christopher P. Atwood