He was the most famous grandson of the great conqueror Genghis Khan , expanding his grandfather's empire and ruling the vast territory. He was the first non-Han emperor to conquer all of China. Although Kublai Khan was the grandson of Genghis Khan, very little is known about his childhood. We do know that Kublai was born in to Tolui the youngest son of Genghis and his wife Sorkhotani, a Nestorian Christian princess of the Kereyid Confederacy. Kublai was the couple's fourth son. Sorkhotani's political savvy was legendary; Rashid al-Din of Persia noted that she was "extremely intelligent and able and towered above all the women in the world. With their mother's support and influence, Kublai and his brothers would go on to take control of the Mongol world from their uncles and cousins.
Kublai Khan’s Early Life
He was a wise ruler and was able to lead a vast empire of nations by adapting different traditions to his own government. By the age of twelve he was a skilled horseman, and his reputation as a warrior grew as he became older. Kublai was seventeen when his father died.
Rise to power
Kublai Khan. Kublai was the forth son of Tule, and grandson of the founder of the Mongol empire, Genghis Khan. Kublai Khan fought along side with his father in many battles starting at the young age of He became a very good horseman and his warrior reputation grew with each passing year. Following the death of his father when he was 17, He began to involve himself in the empire.
Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course. Log in or Sign up. Great leaders are not born every minute; they are made by years of hard work, dedication, and ambition to succeed. Kublai Khan was the revered Asian leader whose wise and even-tempered leadership style earned him the title of Emperor of China during the late 13th Century.