Genghis Khan: Facts, Trivia, and Stories You Didn't Know About His Life And Legacy

By Karen Harris
A reenactment of the unification of the Mongolian tribes under Genghis Khan using 500 cavalry men in the uniforms of the 13th century. (In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)

On August 18, 1227, ruthless Mongol ruler Genghis Khan was killed in a battle against the Xi Xia kingdom of China. Although his final resting place is not known, historians do know quite a bit about the life of this legendary and fearsome leader. Despite his reputation for bloodshed, military dominance, and barbaric vendettas, Genghis Khan had a good side. Let's look at the extraordinary life of this complex and brutal man.