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Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China (Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck)

Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China (Oriental Novels of Pearl S. Buck) Author Pearl S. Buck
ISBN-10 1559210354
ISBN-13 9781559210355
Year 2004-12-01
Pages 376
Language English
Publisher Moyer Bell and its subsidiaries
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Imperial Woman is the fictionalized biography of the last Empress in China Ci xi who began as a concubine of the Xianfeng Emperor and on his death became the de facto head of the Qing Dynasty until her death in 1908 Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriguing rulers during a time of intense turbulence Tzu Hsi was born into one of the lowly ranks of the Imperial dynasty According to custom she moved to the Forbidden City at the age of seventeen to become one of hundreds of concubines But her singular beauty and powers of manipulation quickly moved her into the position of Second Consort Tzu Hsi was feared and hated by many in the court but adored by the people The Empress s rise to power even during her husband s life parallels the story of China s transition from the ancient to the modern way

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