Wu Zetian: China's Only Female Sovereign

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documents and quickly became acquainted with affairs of state.

In 649, when she was 26 years old, the emperor died. He was succeeded by his son, Gaozong, and following the established court procedures, the old emperor's concubines were sent to a nunnery to live out their days.

However, Emperor Gaozong was fascinated by Wu's talent and beauty and frequently visited her in the nunnery. After two or three years, she was summoned to the palace and given the title Zhaoyi, the second grade concubine of the new emperor.

Wu gradually earned Emperor Gaozong's trust and favor. After giving birth to two sons,

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Wu Zetian: China's Only Female Sovereign documents and quickly became acquainted with affairs of state.

In 649, when she was 26 years old, the emperor died. He was succeeded by his son, Gaozong, and following the established court procedures, the old emperor's concubines were sent to a nunnery to live out their days.

However, Emperor Gaozong was fascinated by Wu's talent and beauty and frequently visited her in the nunnery. After two or three years, she was summoned to the palace and given the title Zhaoyi, the second grade concubine of the new emperor.

Wu gradually earned Emperor Gaozong's trust and favor. After giving birth to two sons,
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