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Group Read Discussions > June 2018 -The Green Phoenix - No Spoilers

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message 1: by Gretchen, Keep your head up or the crown slips (last edited Jun 01, 2018 06:53PM) (new)

Gretchen (eab2012) | 597 comments Mod
The group read for June 2018 is The Green Phoenix: A Novel of the Woman Who Re-Made Asia, Empress Xiaozhuang.

With the fate of East Asia hanging in the balance, one Mongolian woman manipulated her lovers, sons and grandsons through war and upheaval to create an empire that lasted for 250 years. The Green Phoenix tells the story of the Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang, born a Mongolian princess who became a consort in the Manchu court and then the Qing Dynasty's first matriarch. Shelived through harrowing threats, endless political crises, personal heartaches and painful losses to lead a shaky Empire out of a dead end. The story is set against a turbulent canvas as the Chinese Ming Dynasty is replaced by the Qing. Xiaozhuang guides her husband, her lover, her son and her grandson - all emperors and supreme leaders of the Qing Empire - to success against the odds.

This is the 'no spoiler' thread. Any potentials spoilers must be properly labeled.


message 2: by Alice (last edited Jun 09, 2018 11:06AM) (new)

Alice Poon (alice_poon) In Chapter One, there is a mention of Bumbutai's wedding coronet, which is made of kingfisher feather inlays. I just wanted to show an image of one such headdress:




message 3: by Laura (new)

Laura | 20 comments It's beautiful. Thank you. It is helpful to see the read thing.


message 4: by Jasmine, Gatekeeper of Giveaways. (new)

Jasmine | 1223 comments Mod
Alice wrote: "In Chapter One, there is a mention of Bumbutai's wedding coronet, which is made of kingfisher feather inlays. I just wanted to show an image of one such headdress:

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Not what I was picturing at all as I read. Thank you for that.


message 5: by Alice (new)

Alice Poon (alice_poon) Laura & Jasmine, you're welcome! The use of kingfisher feather in hair ornaments has a long history in China, dating back to the Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD).


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