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Wu Zhao : China's only woman emperor

Author: N Harry Rothschild
Publisher: New York : Pearson Longman, ©2008.
Series: Library of world biography.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The story chronicles Wu Zhao's humble beginnings as the daughter of a provincial official and follows her path to the inner palace, where she improbably rose from a fifth-ranked concubine to emperor. Using Buddhist rhetoric, architecture, court rituals, and a network of "cruel officials" to cow her many opponents in court, Wu Zhao inaugurated a new dynasty in 690, the Zhou. She ruled as emperor for fifteen years,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Wu hou, Empress of China; Kaiserin) Tang Wu Hou (China; Wu hou, Empress of China
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: N Harry Rothschild
ISBN: 9780321394262 0321394267
OCLC Number: 180577479
Description: xvii, 236 p. : ill., maps ; 20 cm.
Contents: What's in a name? --
Historical preconditions for the ascent of a female emperor : Steppe culture, the Silk Road and Buddhism --
From the Sichuan countryside to the inner palace --
Empress Wu : a changing of the guard --
The two sages --
Celestial empress and grand dowager --
Wu Zhao as lover : lady of perfect satisfaction --
Sage mother rising --
Queen of terror --
Bodhisattva of mercy --
Emperor of the Zhou dynasty --
Octogenarian in retreat : succession, factionalism, and craneriding in the final years --
Conclusion : the vain quest for Wu Zhao.
Series Title: Library of world biography.
Other Titles: China's only woman emperor
Responsibility: N. Harry Rothschild.
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The story chronicles Wu Zhao's humble beginnings as the daughter of a provincial official and follows her path to the inner palace, where she improbably rose from a fifth-ranked concubine to emperor. Using Buddhist rhetoric, architecture, court rituals, and a network of "cruel officials" to cow her many opponents in court, Wu Zhao inaugurated a new dynasty in 690, the Zhou. She ruled as emperor for fifteen years, proving eminently competent in the art of governance, balancing factions in court, staving off the encroachment of Turks and Tibetans, and fostering the state's economic growth.

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