Khutulun was the daughter of Kaidu Khan, a royal descendent of Genghis Khan who is known in history as one of the most powerful military commanders and influential rulers. Khutulun was born as the cousin of Kublai Khan at the height of civil war in the vast Mongol empire. By the time she was born, the Mongols ruled the largest part of the world, a gift they got in inheritance from Genghis Khan, who was Khutulun’s great-great-grandfather. Khutulun was born in 1260 and by the time she was an adult, her father was ruling the entirety of Central Asia and large parts of India and Middle East as well. She grew up in the household with 14 brothers and hence, she received training in war-fares just like any other boy in the family. Her father was warring with her cousin Kublai Khan and the historical documents say that she was probably the fiercest warrior in her father’s army. Her father also trusted her counsel in the political matters as well. Although the identity of her husband has been a cause for debate among the historians, it is said that she wished to marry the man who could defeat her in wrestling and no man could ever beat her.