Shangguan Wan'er: the First Woman Premier in China

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Empress Wei, promiscuous as ever, began an affair with her new son-in-law Yanxiu, and also collected a string of other lovers, including a Central Asian monk, a fortune teller, a Deputy Head of the Imperial Kitchen, and a palace physician.

Zhongzong began to find this intolerable, and in 710 he decided to depose Empress Wei. When she heard of this, she and Princess Anle conspired to murder him.

The palace physician prepared a deadly poison, and the Deputy Head of the Imperial Kitchen baked the poison into some delicious buns. Princess Anle then brought the buns to Zhongzong herself. The emperor happily ate the buns, and died.

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Shangguan Wan'er: the First Woman Premier in China

Empress Wei, promiscuous as ever, began an affair with her new son-in-law Yanxiu, and also collected a string of other lovers, including a Central Asian monk, a fortune teller, a Deputy Head of the Imperial Kitchen, and a palace physician.

Zhongzong began to find this intolerable, and in 710 he decided to depose Empress Wei. When she heard of this, she and Princess Anle conspired to murder him.

The palace physician prepared a deadly poison, and the Deputy Head of the Imperial Kitchen baked the poison into some delicious buns. Princess Anle then brought the buns to Zhongzong herself. The emperor happily ate the buns, and died.

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