A great history of Genghis and his rise to power. Specifically this book examines the role of religions both in Genghis' personal story and throughout his empire. He was one of the first leaders of a large empire that made religious freedom law and its intriguing to try and figure out why he choose to do that centuries before it would become the standard in the West.
With a due respect to StarGladiator, it doesn't sound like you read the book. During Genghis Khan's life those things did not occur. It was after his death and competition for the empire between his sons and grandsons that those things occurred. In fact Genghis Khan's wives were queens in their own right, with courts, and lands and subjects. In his absence they were the administrators of his empire.
Anyway, If you are interested in this area of history, this is a wonderful book. It seems we humans who think we are the top of the food chain, still cannot allow each other freedom of belief.
So, no doubt all those women who were raped and pillaged, and all those men who were castrated, took a moment and reflected upon how lucky they were to have freedom to practise whatever religion they wanted to in their remaining time on this planet!
How comforting . . .
[Anyone who has studied modern history realizes that some of the most brutal methods of execution - - especially where women are concerned - - are to be found in Mongolia, a hangover from Genghis Khan's time.]
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