Shangguan Wan'er: the First Woman Premier in China

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After Wu Zetian was forced to give up her throne in her old age, her third son Li Xian (Zhongzong) became emperor, thus reviving the Tang dynasty and ending Wu Zetian's short-lived Zhou.

His wife Lady Wei, who had been selected for her beauty to replace Li Xian's first wife Lady Zhao (who had been imprisoned and starved to death for offending Wu Zetian), now became Empress. Empress Wei also began an affair with Wu Sansi.

To make matters more complicated, Wu Sansi decided to gain Zhongzong's favour further by recommending Shangguan Wan'er to him as a concubine.

Zhongzong had long been attracted by Wan'er's talent and looks, and eagerly took her as one of his concubines.

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Shangguan Wan'er: the First Woman Premier in China

After Wu Zetian was forced to give up her throne in her old age, her third son Li Xian (Zhongzong) became emperor, thus reviving the Tang dynasty and ending Wu Zetian's short-lived Zhou.

His wife Lady Wei, who had been selected for her beauty to replace Li Xian's first wife Lady Zhao (who had been imprisoned and starved to death for offending Wu Zetian), now became Empress. Empress Wei also began an affair with Wu Sansi.

To make matters more complicated, Wu Sansi decided to gain Zhongzong's favour further by recommending Shangguan Wan'er to him as a concubine.

Zhongzong had long been attracted by Wan'er's talent and looks, and eagerly took her as one of his concubines.

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