Sorghaghtani Beki – Woman of the Mongol Court

Lead: Sorghaghtani Beki, the most well known woman of the vast but short lived Mongol Empire, groomed her son Kublai Kahn to become the greatest of the Mongol emperors and the founder of the Yaun dynasty of China.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The Mongol Empire was the largest contiguous land empire in history, but lasted only about 150 years. The Mongols were one of the Turkic nomadic tribes that lived on the steppes of Central Asia. Existing on this belt of wild plains and vast grasslands, they raised wild horses and trained their children to ride and use a bow and arrow – skills which would help them fight and conquer vast regions where they were clearly outnumbered. The military might of horses enabled the Mongols to attack much larger forces, retreat quickly and conduct lightning-like and very lucrative raids on their enemies.