F W Cheshire, 1968, Hardcover, Book Condition: Good, Dust Jacket Condition: Good, Reprint
During the seventh century, when Europe was swallowed up in the dark ages, a woman of exceptional sophistication became Empress of China & wielded power as cleverly & as despotically as any ruler the world has known. Lin Yutang has chosen the true story of Lady Wu for his new book : it is a fascinating study of a cruel & pleasure-loving woman. Wu Tsertien rose through charm & through a series of atrocious murders from insignificance to become 'Female Emperor' ; among those whom she knew she must win over were the palace servants in the early days, the most intelligent of her opponents later on : among her victims were her rivals with the Emperor & most of her own children & grandchildren. She retained her amazing vitality almost to her death at the age of eighty-three, and was particularly notorious for keeping a harem of paramours known as the 'Stork Institute.' But although she was responsible for a reign of terror & political purges on a scale only equalled in our own times, she was adored by her subjects & were undoubtedly a woman of great fascination & intelligence. Size: 180mm - 250mm. 245 pages. DJ has some marking, shelf-wear and bumping to corners. A previous owner has used white out to obscure a signature on inside of front pastedown. DJ is now protected in archival quality clear plastic. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Biography & Autobiography; China; Early (0-1000 AD); History. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 18214.