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Old May 16th, 2011, 08:27 AM   #1

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How did Ogedei Khan die?


Ogedei, the son of Ghenkis Khan, died in December 1241 and some historians attribute his death to ending the mongol invasion that was sweeping through Europe. This is because Batu had to abandon the campaign and return to Karakorum following Ogedei's death. I have read that Ogedei was an alcoholic and that he died on december 11th 1241 after a drinking bout with Abd-ur-Rahman. Supposedly the mongol people blamed:

- Abd-ur-Rahman
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-The sister of toluiís widow

However the mongol aristocrats recognised it was the khans own lack of self control that was responsible for his death.

These are the only details I have been able to find, does anybody know of any further details about this momentous death? For example:
-Who was Abd-ur-Rahman?
-What did the sister of Tolui's widow have to do with it?

I find it strange that details are so scarce!
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He was a heavy drinker, and it is suggested this killed him. Some have also suggested poisoned Kumis.
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He was a heavy drinker, and it is suggested this killed him. Some have also suggested poisoned Kumis.
The poison theory is the most popular.

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The poison theory is the most popular.

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I don't think his family made a big thing of his death, so I doubt they thought it to be suspicious.
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I don't think his family made a big thing of his death, so I doubt they thought it to be suspicious.
I have always thought that his death created a power vacuum, and this was so significant that the European campaign was ended.

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Following the Great Ogedei Khan's death in 1241, his widow Toregene took over the empire.... Mongke decided to stay instead of retiring north as the Mongols did.

From: [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_Empire"]Mongol Empire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
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Ogedei Khan's was ordered by his physician to have only 1 drink per day. So he ordered a cup that would hold 3 pints and continued to have his one drink a day. Cheeky bugger.

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