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Empress Wu Zetian (The Legendary Women of World History Book 5)

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The most hated woman in Chinese history!

Travel back in time over one thousand years and meet the first and only female emperor of China. 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 contem
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Kindle Edition, 70 pages
Published January 21st 2016 by Laurel A. Rockefeller Books
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Jordan
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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This is a very interesting history of Empress Wu (whom I had never heard of before discovering this book). It reads much more like a story than a history textbook, which was very nice. 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 and/or advanced education, including children and teenagers). I think this is very important in today's society to have uncomplicated versions of history and other subject ...more
T
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is about one of the more controversial women in history. She was educated, ambitious, smart and was the opposite of what others thought a woman should be during that time period in China. She had strong beliefs that women were equal to men and made many contributions toward women society, including employing women in non-traditional roles.

She was a confident ruler and made many marks in history. This was a great listen and very quick. The author did a nice job sharing the story of thi
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Crystal (VanillaHearts62)
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second Legendary Women of World History book I have read. The first, Boudicca, had my critique of not enough backstory to the characters. Even though this book was written with approximately the same page count, I found that Empress Wu's character was fleshed out much better than Boudicca's character. The story spans 50+ years and gave a really good overall idea of the hardships Wu endured in order to become Empress.
Much like Boudicca, I'm unsure about the age range for this book. I
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Ms Cats World
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have always been a fan of history, mainly Europe and I know enough about China's history to do okay on Jeopardy, but I admit to not having heard about the first and only empress of China, Wu Zhao / Zetian. The history is based off of contemporary interpretations of Confucius' analects. Wu Zhao was married to Emperor Taizong as a low-ranking concubine at the age of 14. She was deemed beautiful, but her intelligence won over the Emperor and put her at his side.

Harsh history written as with most
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Lolin
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved it! I usually do not like reading plays, but this one about Empress Wu Zetian is fun
In a very short book so much is compressed and not said that both imagination and curiosity go into massive forward thinking.
I am going to look up more about this empress if I can. Oh and the 4 stars? Only because there is so much more to uncover, so much more to think of and so much not filled in
Elizabeth
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2016
I freely admit to never having heard of Empress Wu Zetian however I have been reading and enjoying Laurel A Rockerfeller's Legendary Women of World History series so got stuck in to learn about her.

Like the other books in the series this book is the perfect length to give a taste of the subject and how she made her mark without the reader being overcome by all the other people around and every tiny little thing that was happening.

Thanks to the excellent time line and links to materials used by t
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Deedra
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating story of a woman way before her time.Richard Mann was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.
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When I first saw this tour, I got quite excited and signed up immediately. I think I have never read anything much in detail about Chinese history in our history books, as far as I remember. So this opportunity to enlighten myself about a Chinese Empress was something that got me really excited.

Coming to the review. I think I really liked the way this biography of Empress Wu was written. I liked the writing style a lot. It was written as a moving story, in third person narrative, where the story
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Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over one hundred books published and self-published since August, 2012 with print editions spanning across ten languages and counting, plus audio books on Audible in English and Spanish. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy w ...more

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