The History of Genghizcan the Great, First Emperor of the Antient Moguls and Tartars


This early Western history of Genghis Khan, the 13th-century Mongol emperor who established the world’s largest contiguous empire, is by François Pétis (1622–95), an interpreter of Arabic and Turkish at the French court. In a long and distinguished career, Pétis translated a history of France into Turkish, compiled a French-Turkish dictionary, and created a catalog of the Turkish and Persian manuscripts owned by the king of France. François Pétis de la Croix (1653–1713), the son of François Pétis, took over the position of interpreter from his father in 1695. In 1710, he published his father’s history of Genghis Khan. This edition is an English translation, which appeared in London some 12 years later. The translation is by Penelope Aubin (1679–1731), an English novelist, playwright, poet, and translator.

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