#100Days100Women Day 92: Wu Zetian was the only Empress Regnant of China in its 4,000
year history. Wu was born into a wealthy family, but additionally her father
encouraged her to read and become highly educated. Wu worked her way up
through the royal court to become empress-consort, empress dowager and finally
rule in her own right as empress regnant. Much has been written about her cruel
and murderous ways, but as with Livia, it’s difficult to separate what is true
from what is Cautionary Tale of Bad Woman. It is a fact that she ordered political
rivals executed & had spies and secret police (though repugnant our
democratic sensibilities, this is common practice in history’s empires) but the
salacious tales of infanticide and sexual depravity could very well be highly
What is known is that in a highly patriarchal society, she
managed to peacefully and gainfully rule for decades. She prepared the country
for her rule by improving the reputation of her maternal line and ordering
biographies written of famous women. She elevated Buddhism above Confucianism
and built Buddhist shrines (the faces of these Buddhas are said to resemble
hers). She finally, under pressure, gave up the throne at age 80, shortly
before her death. Her reign is remembered as a high point, even by hostile
biographers and historians.
I just wanted to let y'all know that I did the silent open-mouthed scream the first several times that I came across this pic of Kris. We might never get a shirtless pic of him but I think I can live on this.
The only piece of relic discovered by archeologists today that has direct relation with the famous, one and only Empress Wu (武則天)of Wuzhou (武周). This piece of Gold is used as a giving to the God to reflect on the wrongdoings of the Empress as the Emperor. Her name 武瞾 is clearly shown in the middle of the piece.