Shangguan Wan'er: the First Woman Premier in China

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Empress Wu (Wu Zhao, posthumously Empress Zetian and popularly known as Wu Zetian) was very impressed by her.

After Wu became Emperor, she made her a palace secretary (lantai lingshi) to handle the drafting of all her edicts and the reading of all the court memorials.

Wan'er actually had an affair with one of Wu Zetian's lovers, and when the female Emperor found out, she had her punished by tattooing a flower on her forehead. But this tattoo actually served to make Wan'er even more alluring to men.

Wan'er also began an affair with Wu Sansi, Wu Zetian's nephew who had become very powerful and influential.

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Shangguan Wan'er: the First Woman Premier in China

Empress Wu (Wu Zhao, posthumously Empress Zetian and popularly known as Wu Zetian) was very impressed by her.

After Wu became Emperor, she made her a palace secretary (lantai lingshi) to handle the drafting of all her edicts and the reading of all the court memorials.

Wan'er actually had an affair with one of Wu Zetian's lovers, and when the female Emperor found out, she had her punished by tattooing a flower on her forehead. But this tattoo actually served to make Wan'er even more alluring to men.

Wan'er also began an affair with Wu Sansi, Wu Zetian's nephew who had become very powerful and influential.

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