How is Mongol prince Zhenjin remembered in history? What was his life like?
Zhenjin Khan was the second son of Kublai Khan, the Mongol Emperor of China and the first member of the Yuan dynasty. From scant historical records it is difficult to gain a full picture of Zhenjin’s life, but it is known that he was an avid scholar of Confucianism and lived a luxurious life in the courts and palaces of the Yuan
Empire. When Kublai Khan grew old and questions arose as to who would succeed him, it was suggested by a number of members of the court that he should abdicate and that Zhenjin should take control of the throne.
This was not well received by Kublai and Zhenjin supposedly died soon after due to alcohol poisoning, which may have occurred as a reaction to Kublai’s decision. Kublai was supposedly devastated by these events and subsequently named Zhenjin’s son as the next in line for the throne.