Wu Zetian: China's Only Female Sovereign

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husband, the emperor. Wu recommended new ideas regarding agriculture, tax reduction, social reforms and effective labor saving practices.

Within five years of her marriage, Wu had created an active role for herself in state affairs and fostered her henchmen with zeal.

The emperor suffered a crippling stroke in 660 and Wu took over the administration of the court. Showing no mercy toward anyone who failed to conform to her wishes, she had her enemies thrown into prison or executed.

Her cruelty extended to members of her family as well as those high ranking officials who had contributed much to the founding of

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Wu Zetian: China's Only Female Sovereign husband, the emperor. Wu recommended new ideas regarding agriculture, tax reduction, social reforms and effective labor saving practices.

Within five years of her marriage, Wu had created an active role for herself in state affairs and fostered her henchmen with zeal.

The emperor suffered a crippling stroke in 660 and Wu took over the administration of the court. Showing no mercy toward anyone who failed to conform to her wishes, she had her enemies thrown into prison or executed.

Her cruelty extended to members of her family as well as those high ranking officials who had contributed much to the founding of
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