The Secret History of the Mongols

Christopher P. Atwood

The Secret History of the Mongols is one of the literary wonders of the world. Writing in the thirteenth century, the Secret Historian – whose identity remains unknown – combines insider history and verse to chronicle the life of Genghis Khan and the empire he founded. Following Genghis from his early years, through feasts and fights, alliances, rivalries and betrayals, we witness the birth of a new regime, and a unified Mongolia whose hordes swept across the steppe and remade the medieval world. It was a world of vast nomad tent cities and warrior horse lords, governed by a distant Heaven, a world which draws near in this vivid new translation.