Some time before 1162 a Mongol girl named Hoelun was kidnapped and taken as a bride. A short time later she gave birth to a future emperor. Although the details of her story are shrouded in mystery, the tales that are told of her reveal a wealth of information about steppe culture and hint at the motivations of her son as he rewrote the very fabric of that society.
Urgunge Onon, trans., The Secret History of the Mongols: The Life and Times of Chinggis Khan, Routledge, 2001.
Jack Weatherford, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Three Rivers Press, 2004.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)