The Secret History of the Mongols: A Mongolian Epic Chronicle of the Thirteenth Century

Igor De Rachewiltz


The Secret History of the Mongols: A Mongolian Epic Chronicle of the Thirteenth Century

The Secret History of the Mongols: A Mongolian Epic Chronicle of the Thirteenth Century

  • Title: The Secret History of the Mongols: A Mongolian Epic Chronicle of the Thirteenth Century
  • Author: Igor De Rachewiltz
  • ISBN: 9789004153646
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback



Brill is proud to announce the paperback edition of the much acclaimed standard work Secret History of the Mongols by Igor de Rachewiltz The 13th century Secret History of the Mongols, covering the great inggis Qan s 1162 1227 ancestry and life, stands out as a literary monument of first magnitude Written partly in prose and partly in epic poetry, it is the major nativBrill is proud to announce the paperback edition of the much acclaimed standard work Secret History of the Mongols by Igor de Rachewiltz The 13th century Secret History of the Mongols, covering the great inggis Qan s 1162 1227 ancestry and life, stands out as a literary monument of first magnitude Written partly in prose and partly in epic poetry, it is the major native source on inggis Qan, also dealing with part of the reign of his son and successor Ogodei r 1229 41 This true handbook contains an historical introduction, a full translation of the chronicle in accessible English, plus an extensive commentary Indispensable for the historian, the Sino Mongolist, the Altaic philologist, and anyone interested in comparative literature and Central Asian folklore The Secret History of the Mongols has been selected by Choice as Outstanding Academic Title 2005.


Recent Comments "The Secret History of the Mongols: A Mongolian Epic Chronicle of the Thirteenth Century"

(I used the 2015 open-access e-book edition of de Rachewiltz's translation.) Something of a disappointment. One reads it looking for insight into the people and into how and why Genghis Khan rose from the ragged slave Temujin to the unifier of the Mongolian horse-archers and greatest conqueror the world has seen, the Great Khan. SHM offers little insight into either, focusing on a bare-bones narration heavy on toponyms and genealogy, interrupted occasionally by speeches laced with alliterative v [...]

Easily the best available translation of the classic Mongolian history. Though there are a few issues I have with de Rachewiltz's choice of words here and there, his interpretation of the genre of the SHM, and his arguments on the composition date, the fact remains that no one has yet to produce a better translation of The Secret History in English. Every Mongolist should own this, and anyone interested in the Mongol Empire or Mongolian history should read this, despite the hefty price tag. It i [...]

The edition I have is one bought in Mongolia. It does not have the lengthy introduction of the UK hardback, which can in any case be read by browsing the book on the site.The Secret History is a Mongol 18Bible 19 in twelve chapters. The first chapter deals with family history, the line of paternal descent of the Mongols of the Steppes, in particular that of the Borjigin, Temuchin 19s own clan. In some respects, it is not unlike parts of the Old Testament of Jews and Christians, wherein the orig [...]

My complaint with this edition of the Secret History -- unarguably the scholarly edition -- is how frequently, in the notes, he'll say 'this issue has been discussed by [insert names] so I won't comment on those lines of the text.' I'm an amateur Mongolist, at home, and for me, that's an intensely frustrating habit. It often means that this book in my hands is least useful on the most important passages - since these have most work done elsewhere (which may be less accessible and/or in other lan [...]

A superb resource for anyone interested in medieval Mongolia, and the life of Genghis [Chinggis] Khan.There are a number of versions of the 'Secret History' but this is by far the best in the English language, with decades of scholarship behind it.I thoroughly recommend this book.

Fascinating and incredibly detailed annotated edition of the Secret History. The introduction alone is fantastically informative.

Beyond epic.

I am Mongolian and proud of that. Mongolian all people read this book. This book is about Mongolian history in from 12th to 13th century and about Chinggis khan's ancestors.

Best translation into English.

Read an earlier edition published 1990 or earlier.


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