Qin Liangyu: The Woman General of the Ming Dynasty

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At the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Qin Liangyu's father began teaching his children martial arts, military strategy and Chinese classical literature to prepare them for the chaos that he sensed would be coming soon.

Qin soon proved herself talented in archery, horse riding and the arts of war, for which her father lamented, "It is a pity that you are a girl, or you would be given a royal title someday for your military contributions."

Little did her father realize that his daughter would someday become the only woman general to be listed in the official history of a Chinese dynasty. For decades, Qin led her

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Qin Liangyu: The Woman General of the Ming Dynasty

At the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Qin Liangyu's father began teaching his children martial arts, military strategy and Chinese classical literature to prepare them for the chaos that he sensed would be coming soon.

Qin soon proved herself talented in archery, horse riding and the arts of war, for which her father lamented, "It is a pity that you are a girl, or you would be given a royal title someday for your military contributions."

Little did her father realize that his daughter would someday become the only woman general to be listed in the official history of a Chinese dynasty. For decades, Qin led her

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