Kublai Khan, the Emperor of the Tartars

Frontispiece to "The State and Government of the Great Khan of Cathay, Emperor of the Tartars". Circa 1410-1412.

Kublai Khan (1215 – 1294), also known as the Emperor Shizu of Yuan, was the fifth khagan-emperor of the Mongol Empire, reigning from 1260 to 1294, although after the division of the empire this was a nominal position. He also founded the Yuan dynasty in China in 1271, and ruled as the first Yuan emperor until his death in 1294.
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