Shangguan Wan'er: the First Woman Premier in China

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Wan'er rose quickly in the ranks of the harem, but remained in her post of palace secretary - an unprecedented career for a concubine.

Shangguan Wan'er and Empress Wei both continued their liaisons with Wu Sansi, who was now Supreme Censor (Sikong) and Empress Wei's youngest daughter Princess Anle also was married to Wu Sansi's son Wu Chongxun.

These three women thus helped to perpetuate the power of the Wu family, including Sansi and also Wu Zetian's other nephew Wu Chengsi.

All who challenged the Wu faction or criticised the scandalous behaviour of Empress Wei and Wu Sansi were executed or banished.

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Shangguan Wan'er: the First Woman Premier in China

Wan'er rose quickly in the ranks of the harem, but remained in her post of palace secretary - an unprecedented career for a concubine.

Shangguan Wan'er and Empress Wei both continued their liaisons with Wu Sansi, who was now Supreme Censor (Sikong) and Empress Wei's youngest daughter Princess Anle also was married to Wu Sansi's son Wu Chongxun.

These three women thus helped to perpetuate the power of the Wu family, including Sansi and also Wu Zetian's other nephew Wu Chengsi.

All who challenged the Wu faction or criticised the scandalous behaviour of Empress Wei and Wu Sansi were executed or banished.

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