The reigning sovereign was the famous Kublai Khan, grandson of the all-conquering Jenghis.
Marco Polo's account of a hunt of Kublai Khan reads like a fairy tale.
Kublai Khan, however, was unwilling to part with them; and they owed their final release to a circumstance wholly unexpected.
Another story is, that they are the descendants of the Tartar invaders left behind by Kublai Khan.
Kublai Khan, who was a confirmed Buddhist, paid great honour to Confucius, and was a steady patron of literature.
Columbus thought that this was their way of pronouncing Kublai Khan--the name of a mighty eastern ruler.
His enemies subdued, Kublai Khan in 1280 assumed complete jurisdiction as emperor of China.
Never in its history has China shown such unyielding courage as it did in its resistance to the invasion under Kublai Khan.
At length he was summoned into the presence of Kublai Khan, who said to him, What is it you want?
At last Kublai Khan yielded, and equipped the whole party with great liberality.