"The Secret History of the Mongols", is the first literary historical work of the Mongols ever written. It is believed to have been written in the year 1240 A.D., however it is not known who the writer was. This work is mainly a history of the establishment of the Mongol Empire from the end of the 12th century to the beginning of the 13th century. It is also a valuable resource of information pertaining to the social customs, laws, mythology, and migratory division of the Mongol People. In whole, "The Secret History of the Mongols" is a reserve of Mongol history, language, literature, and culture in one volume.
The version of "The Secret Hisory of the Mongols" which has survived to today was written during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). This manuscript was written in Chinese characters, which were used to transcribe the sounds of the original Mongol language version, which was never found. It is from this Chinese character version that scholars were able to rewrite "The History" into the Mongol language.
Today, "The Secret History of the Mongols" has been translated into most popular world languages and is being widely studied by scholars and fans worldwide.