Married to the Mongolian Manduul Khan at the age of 18, Mandukhai was widowed soon after, when her husband was poisoned in 1479. In the midst of the resulting instability, she found one of the great Genghis Khan’s descendants, a young boy who had been hidden away for his own safety.
Proclaiming the young child the new Khan, she began ruling the empire, eventually marrying the new Khan when he turned 19. The two stabilized the Mongol empire and when Mandukhai died in 1510 she was survived by seven sons and three daughters, the descendants of whom would be the last khans of Mongolia.
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