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In Terms of Sheer Influence, Genghis Khan Had The Most Successful Love Life In Human History

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Genghis Khan's sex life was as extensive as his Mongol Empire. The Mongol leader took full advantage of his position and left a vast genetic legacy. As the Mongols moved through the steppe regions of Central Asia to the east and west, riding their magnificent warhorses along the Silk Road, Genghis Khan used military and administrative tactics - and his sexual prowess - to leave his mark. 

Sex for Genghis Khan was as much a tool of power as a right of conquest and he used it to his advantage during the 13th century. Genghis Khan's children, grandchildren, and beyond carried on the great conqueror's DNA as well as Mongol traditions

  • Photo: Baswan and Bhim of Gujarat / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    He Took Princesses And The Most Beautiful Women He Could Find As His Own

    The princess daughters of clans throughout the Mongol Empire became wives of Genghis Khan. Once he conquered a region, he would further inquire about the most beautiful women in the area.

    After he heard a description of a beautiful woman, he asserted, "I will find her." 


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    Genghis Khan Had Numerous Wives But Only One Was The Primary Spouse

    Genghis Khan's principal wife, Borte, was always given higher status than the other wives. Temujin's marriage to Borte was negotiated by their fathers when they were 10 and 11 years old, respectively. 

    Shortly after their marriage, Borte was captured by the Merkit tribe. In response, Genghis Khan destroyed them and took her back. Their relationship was one of respect. His children by Borte were the only offspring he deemed legitimate.

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    Genghis Khan Found Wives For His Sons

    Genghis Khan's sons by Borte benefited from their father's ability to collect women. He conquered Doregene's tribe and gave the noblewoman to Ogedei. Doregene later served as regent to her son and was one of the most influential woman in Mongolian politics during the 13th century.


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    Genghis Khan Married A Set Of Tatar Sisters

    When Genghis Khan took Yesugen Khatun, a Tatar woman, as a wife, she looked at it as an opportunity to bring her sister into the great leader's company. Yesugen asked Genghis Khan to find her sister Yesui, who had been taken to places unknown after a raid on her village, and offered to let Yesui be his wife in her place.

    Genghis Khan sent out troops to find Yesui and, after they did, he married her. Both women remained in his "line of wives."