I Dug Deep Enough and Hit China!

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I went digging so far down the rabbit hole that I hit China.

It all started when I was reading these books. The books that I reviewed here are based on actual historical events which got me curious and to be honest, I was a little skeptical so I started hunting for facts with more than a little disbelief tinging my thoughts.

Turns out I was wrong to be so unbelieving. A woman actually did rule China by herself, someone who started out as concubine first to a father and later becoming wife to the son.
#truthisstrangerthanfiction #cantstopwontstop

The woman I refer to is Empress Wu.





Empress Wu and her husband the Emperor Gaozong ( she was this guys dads concubine) 



Here are the facts I found eye-catching: 

1. Her father helped a man named Taizong become Emperor and found the Tang Dynasty. 
2. She later went to the court of Emperor Taizong as one of his many concubines at the age of 14 
3. She was super well- educated for a girl of that era , also extremely pretty and talented
4. She got sent away to a nunnery/temple when the Emperor died - as according to custom
5. The Emperor's son - Gaozong- was visiting that temple/nunnery when he came across her again and brought her back to the palace - as they say - the rest is history 

Now check this: 
6. Apparently she poisoned her own daughter as a part of a political plot 
7. She also poisoned various other officials, princes, whoever the hell she wanted to if they got in her way 
8.She had secret police aka spies aka terrorists aka henchmen do her dirty work 
9. She had bronze boxes placed among her empire so that people could snitch in style(#wtf!)

This is only the tip of the iceberg with this chick.. girl be cray. 


I like what this website has to say about her: 

'Even though according to the Confucian beliefs having a woman rule would be as unnatural as having a "hen crow like a rooster at daybreak," during the most glorious years of the Tang dynasty a woman did rule, and ruled successfully. She was Wu Zetian, the only female in Chinese history to rule as emperor. To some she was an autocrat, ruthless in her desire to gain and keep power. To others she, as a woman doing a "man's job," merely did what she had to do, and acted no differently than most male emperors of her day. They also note that she managed to effectively rule China during one of its more peaceful and culturally diverse periods.'

Good ol' Wiki had something to add that I found annoying yet true/ frustrating : 

Despite the important aspects of her reign, together with the suggestions of modern scholarship as to the long-term effects of some of her innovations in governance, much of the attention paid to Wu Zetian has been to her gender, as the anomalous female sovereign of a unified Chinese empire officially holding the title of huangdi (皇帝)

I can't seem to put a pin on her. 

It's gotta be either - 

A. girl did what girl gotta do 

or 

B. Historians don't know what to do with her and where to place her so they do the most obvious and villainify her. 

#IMHO I think it's a healthy mix of both. She seems like she was an amazing empress and leader to her country. Plenty of Emperor's kill the opposition and do what needs to be done without qualms. So why is it such a big deal because a girl did it?  

#rude #doublestandards 

Maybe toward the end she did get a little power crazy and couldn't keep it together but that shouldn't cast a shadow over all the good she got accomplished should it? 
Regardless, how totally fascinating is she? Total badass. 
#dotheWu

I found this super cool site that has her history and a cool drawing. I spent a good few hours on the site checking out all the 'rejected princesses.'
 Click on the picture to check the website out! 




While I was in the hole digging away, I came across a TV series from China based on the Empress starring Fan BingBing.
 Get ready for some pretty! 













I can not wait to watch this series! Here's the trailer:


~Rumi 





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