And a Little More Genghis Khan (4)

Genghis Khan dies around 1227 (Year of the something they’re always
quick to tell you, but I didn’t catch this one.)  I riffle through the
remaining HALF of the book, and wonder what the author will talk about
now that Genghis is dead!

Well, he left four sons, and usually the eldest inherits.  But in this case,
the eldest is accused by the second eldest of being illegitimate, and they
argue in earnest.  To avoid “discord”, Genghis has left his third son in
power–Ogodei—who is a heavy drinker.  The favorite drink of the Mongols is some kind of fermented milk.  Whoo-hoo!

Genghis has left a huge fortune of wealth and goods—silks, valuable
metals, all the booty gained from conquests especially in China and
India.  Ogodei squanders this wealth pretty quickly—and also makes
the mistake of building a real physical location for his home/palace.  This
is in contrast to the roaming successful ways of the Mongols in the past.

I left the book there, lingering, for a couple of days, and when I got back to it, Ogodei was trying to conquer both China and Europe.

Subodei seems to be in charge, and aaaargh, I’ve forgotten who Subodei is.  But he and Ogodei don’t trust each other.  Is he the youngest son/brother?

Nope, youngest brother is Tolui.  He dies after a drinking binge, leaving a wife and four sons.

I may never find out who Sub——what’s-his-name—–is.  But that’s the way it goes when you’re reading something like Genghis Khan.  Take what you can out of it, and “Keep a-Goin'”.

For this quote, I’ll lead you to Frank L. Stanton’s poem called, yup,
“Keep a -Goin'”

“If you strike a thorn or rose,
Keep a -goin’!
If it hails or if it snows,
Keep a-goin’!
“Taint no use to sit an’ whine
When the fish ain’t on your line:
Bait your hook an” keep a-tryin”–
Keep a-goin’!”

Frank L. Stanton  (1857-1927)  There are two more verses, but I
think you can get the drift from the first one.

And so I read on, ill caring who Sud is.  The armies who battle in Europe do very well, China, not so much.  And there is some intrigue because Ogodei has split up his four sons, (everybody seems to produce four sons!) two to China, two to Europe.   I like the part where it describes the armor that the Mongols wear—-thick in the front, and thin, or none in the back–to discourage running away from the enemy!

page 155—-oh no!  There’s mention of the Knights of the Templar!!! Shades of Ivanhoe.  I just can’t face that again.  I never did know their part in the story.

Courage!  I’m more than halfway through the book—I can do it!

“When you feel like sighin’, sing–
Keep a goin’!”


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1 Response to And a Little More Genghis Khan (4)

  1. Meegan says:

    I’m enjoying your trip through Genghis Khan. But re: quoting the Stanton poem, shouldn’t you, um, “keep a-goin’ “?
    Just kidding….

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