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Daughter of heaven : the true story of the only woman to become Emperor of China

Author: Nigel Cawthorne
Publisher: Oxford : Oneworld, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"She was taken to the palace as a concubine for the Emperor. Using her charms, she seduced her way to the throne of the most powerful empire in the world. She executed her enemies without mercy, and even murdered her own children for political gain. She set up her own imperial harem made up of young men. She elected herself a living god and held a ruthless reign of terror for over fifty years. Yet in the end, it was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Cawthorne, Nigel, 1951-
Daughter of heaven.
Oxford : Oneworld, 2007
(OCoLC)607583691
Online version:
Cawthorne, Nigel, 1951-
Daughter of heaven.
Oxford : Oneworld, 2007
(OCoLC)607696092
Named Person: Wu hou, Empress of China; Wu hou, Empress of China
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nigel Cawthorne
ISBN: 9781851685301 1851685308
OCLC Number: 153580813
Description: 271 p. : map ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Nigel Cawthorne.

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Wu Chao was taken to the palace as a concubine for the Emperor. Using her beauty, wit, and powers of manipulation, she seduced her way to the throne of China. She executed her enemies without mercy,  Read more...

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