Kickass Woman: Khutulun

Every month I write an article for Smart Women, Trashy Books about kicks women in history and link to it here.  This month I’m featuring Khutulun – military leader, archer, soldier, and champion wrestler.

Khutulun served as her father’s military leader and took part in combat, taking many prisoners.  According to Marco Polo:

“[She would] make a dash at the host of the enemy, and seize a some man thereout, as deftly as a hawk punches on a bird, and carry him to her father; and this she did many a time.”

She’s most famous for being an unbeatable wrestler.  She refused to marry any man who she could defeat in a match until finally she fell in love with one of her father’s soldiers.  Khutulun continued to lead the army after her father died.

Head over to Smart Bitches to find out more about this amazing woman!  For more warrior women, I highly recommend the book Secret History of the Mongol Queens, by Jack Weatherford.  You can read my full-length review of the book here.

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One thought on “Kickass Woman: Khutulun

  1. JF Owen says:

    You have to respect a woman who is good with a bow and can wrestle too. If you don’t, there’s a strong likelihood that you’re going to get hurt.

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