Wiki Wormhole: China expanded the Great Wall to keep this female warrior out

With more than 5.4 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or undoing the work of whoever keeps adding Empire Records to List Of Empires. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,435,103-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Mandukhai Khatun

What it’s about: Genghis Khan is rightly the most famous Mongol of all time. He was a child slave who escaped to freedom and then united his quarreling people into a disciplined fighting force that conquered half the world. But just as fascinating is a woman two centuries later, who managed to unite the broken pieces of Khan’s empire and become a formidable leader in her own right.

Biggest controversy: Mandukhai Khatun’s route to power involved marrying her adopted son. Her father was the chingsang (grand councillor) of …

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