Saturday, May 15, 2004

China, Rise of the empress Wu-hou

Kao-tsung was 21 when he ascended the throne. In his first years he was dominated by the remaining great statesmen of T'ai-tsung's court, above all by the Emperor's uncle Chang-sun Wu-chi. But real power soon passed from Kao-tsung into the hands of the empress Wu-hou, one of the most remarkable women in Chinese history. Wu-hou had been a low-ranking concubine of T'ai-tsung. She was

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