McCune has recreated the splendor and intrigue of the imperial
court in the Tang dynasty...giving us entertaining and informative
access to a brilliant time and a complex woman.
Chair, Department of East Asian Languages
University of California, Berkeley
Sweeping through exotic, turbulent seventh-century China, EMPRESS
is the captivating epic of one extraordinary woman who would become
the only female emperor in all of China's history. The story of Wu
Jao, set against the backdrop of medieval China, reveals not only
an age of horrifying barbarism, daring treachery, and precarious
power, but also an eternal culture of sophistication and
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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