Wu Zetian: China's Only Female Sovereign

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Wu Zetian was born in 624 to parents from rich and noble families. As a child she was taught to write, read the Chinese classics and to play music.

At the age of 14, she became a concubine to Emperor Taizong. She was given the title Cairen (a fifth grade concubine of the Tang Dynasty).

Her perspicacity set her apart from others in the palace and her knowledge of literature and history and talent quickly found favor with the emperor, who bestowed Wu the title 'Meiniang', which means 'charming lady'.

She was assigned to work in the imperial study where she was introduced to official

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Wu Zetian: China's Only Female SovereignWu Zetian was born in 624 to parents from rich and noble families. As a child she was taught to write, read the Chinese classics and to play music.

At the age of 14, she became a concubine to Emperor Taizong. She was given the title Cairen (a fifth grade concubine of the Tang Dynasty).

Her perspicacity set her apart from others in the palace and her knowledge of literature and history and talent quickly found favor with the emperor, who bestowed Wu the title 'Meiniang', which means 'charming lady'.

She was assigned to work in the imperial study where she was introduced to official
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