Mongolian Warrior Princess Khutulun

Mongolian Warrior Princess Khutulun

Marco Polo described the Mongolian princess Khutulun as a superb warrior, and related the way she could ride into enemy ranks and snatch a captive to the way a hawk swoops down to catch prey. Her father wanted to name her as the next khan, but was not allowed because she was a woman.

Badass Chicks in History: Khutulun


from InterrobangChannel

Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    Khutulun was famous for darting into enemy ranks, snatching an enemy off his horse and riding back with her captive. (0:39)

  • 2

    Khutulun insisted any men who wished to marry her had to beat her in wrestling or forfeit 100 horses to her. (1:04)

  • 3

    Her father wanted to name Khutulun the next khan in the 13th century, but was not allowed because she was a woman. (1:39)

See all


Pioneering Women



Get smarter every day! Like us on Facebook.
You'll get the most interesting and engaging topics in your feed, straight from our team of experts.