Shangguan Wan'er: the First Woman Premier in China

  • May 13, 2013
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Shangguan Wan'er is one of the most famous talented women in Chinese history, and also one of the more tragic.

Her grandfather Shangguan Yi had assisted Tang Gaozong in a failed attempt to depose Empress Wu (Gaozong had grown sick of his wife's domineering ways), and was executed for it.

Wan'er's father Shangguan Tingyi was also ordered to commit suicide. Wan'er and her mother Lady Zheng were spared but became slaves in the imperial palace.

Shangguan Wan'er was both beautiful and intelligent - she was well-versed in the classics and also an outstanding poet and writer.

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Shangguan Wan'er: the First Woman Premier in China

Shangguan Wan'er is one of the most famous talented women in Chinese history, and also one of the more tragic.

Her grandfather Shangguan Yi had assisted Tang Gaozong in a failed attempt to depose Empress Wu (Gaozong had grown sick of his wife's domineering ways), and was executed for it.

Wan'er's father Shangguan Tingyi was also ordered to commit suicide. Wan'er and her mother Lady Zheng were spared but became slaves in the imperial palace.

Shangguan Wan'er was both beautiful and intelligent - she was well-versed in the classics and also an outstanding poet and writer.

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