China's Forgotten Emperor

China’s Forgotten Emperor
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Wu Zetian rose from being the Emperor's 14-year-old mistress to being China's only female emperor

She rose from being the Emperor’s 14-year-old mistress to being China’s only female emperor. Now, 1,300 years after the death of Wu Zetian, historians are re-assessing a woman previously labelled a tyrant and a disastrous ruler. In fact, recent discoveries suggest Wu was not only a political leader of real skill, but possibly one of the greatest leaders China has ever had.