Emperor wu zhao and her pantheon of devis, divinities, and. Wu zetian 17 february 624 16 december 705, alternatively named wu zhao, wu hou. Wu zetian was the only female emperor in chinese history who actually. Born wu zhao and given the reign title zetian just weeks before her death in 705 ce, empress wu was the unwanted daughter of chancellor wu shihuo too bright, too educated, and too politically focused to make a good wife according to contemporary interpretations of the analects of confucius. Born wu zhao and given the reign title zetian just weeks before her death in 705 ce, she was the unwanted daughter of chancellor wu shihuo too bright, too educated, and too politically focused to make a good wife according to. It reads much more like a story than a history textbook, which was very nice. The story of wu zetian, chinas first female emperor. The daughter of a general, wu moved to the palace of the tang dynastys emperor taizong in 636. Her name was wu zetian, and in the seventh century a. The demonization of empress wu history smithsonian magazine. Born wu zhao and given the reign title zetian just weeks before her death in 705 ce, she. It can be so much easier to comprehend and appreciate history when laid out in a way accessible to all not just those who have received a good andor advanced education, including children and teenagers. Though really to say its a book about empress wu is unfortunately a bit misleading.
Online shopping from a great selection at books store. Wu zhao 624705, better known as wu zetian or empress wu, is the only woman to have ruled china as emperor over the course of its 5000year history. Wu zetian, perhaps one of historys worst moms, goes on to do the unthinkable. This book is all about celebrating her life and her achievements. Empress wu zetian the legendary women of world history. Wu was the only empress regnant or female emperor in the history of china.
This is a very interesting history of empress wu whom i had never heard of before discovering this book. Empress wu zetian the legendary women of world history book 5. Empress wu zetian the legendary women of world history book 5 ebook. Wu zetians story is made all the more astonishing because of her humble beginnings. Travel back in time over one thousand years and meet the first and only female emperor of china. It reads much more like a story than a history textbook. The legendary women of world history book 5 thanks for sharing. Empress wu zetian also known as empress consort wu, wu hou, wu mei niang, meiniang, and wu zhao, 624705 ce, r. She ruled effectively for many years, the last 15 690705 in her own name. She reigned during the tang dynasty 618907 ce and was one of the most effective and controversial monarchs in chinas history. Wu zetian 17 february 624 16 december 705, alternatively named wu zhao, wu hou empress wu, and during the later tang dynasty as tian hou, was a chinese sovereign who ruled unofficially as power behind the throne and empress consort and later officially as regent plenipotentiary, empress dowager, and empress regnant during the brief zhou dynasty. Because of this, wu was encouraged by her father to read books and pursue her education.
It is a different interpretation from what is offered in the history books and a masterful tribute to the legendary wu zetian from whose life the story. The book is only a 100 pages long and the author writes over half of it about other things. Wuhou, wadegiles romanization wu hou, original name wu zhao, also called wu zetian, born 624 ce, wenshui now in shanxi province, chinadied december 16, 705, luoyang, posthumous name shi of the woman who rose from concubinage to become empress of china during the tang dynasty 618907. Best chinese history books on emperors and empresses wu zetian the mighty woman sovereign of china wu zetian aka wu zhao was chinas only female empress. Tang empress wu zetian the only female emperor in chinese. When she was young, she read many books and received a good. This book provides an entertaining narrative on her.648 1465 265 124 341 1400 1080 734 529 535 902 1244 645 1289 1245 13 899 87 1021 21 1084 332 112 333 1416 355 1279 1052 829 1039 984 813 168 40 1109 391 1513 236 1138 302 701 632 760 462 1194 926 595 873