Wu Zetian: China's Only Female Sovereign

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the dynasty.

Emperor Gaozong was disgusted by these actions but was too feeble to curb Wu. She would appear in court alongside the emperor whenever he held an audience. The pair became known as the Holy Sovereigns, although the emperor was merely a figurehead and ruled in name only.

Emperor Gaozong died in 683 and Wu's third son, Li Xian (656-710) ascended the throne and was named Emperor Zhongzong.

In the February of the next year, Wu deposed Zhongzong, as he was proving difficult to control, and replaced him with his younger

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Wu Zetian: China's Only Female Sovereign the dynasty.

Emperor Gaozong was disgusted by these actions but was too feeble to curb Wu. She would appear in court alongside the emperor whenever he held an audience. The pair became known as the Holy Sovereigns, although the emperor was merely a figurehead and ruled in name only.

Emperor Gaozong died in 683 and Wu's third son, Li Xian (656-710) ascended the throne and was named Emperor Zhongzong.

In the February of the next year, Wu deposed Zhongzong, as he was proving difficult to control, and replaced him with his younger
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