The life and times of Empress Wu
August 15, 2012 9:44 AM Subscribe
Her name was Wu Zetian, and in the seventh century A.D. she became the only woman in more than 3,000 years of Chinese history to rule in her own right.
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Wu rose from daughter of a minor general to become the power behind the throne of several emperors, and finally, outright ruler herself. Her methods in achieving and maintaining power were (allegedly) murderous. However, under her, China was at peace, and she introduced important reforms to the bureaucracy.
Wu died in 705. Her tomb
has never been opened