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date: 15 April 2024

Wu Zetian, Empress 

The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
John E. WillsJohn E. Wills

(627–705),the only woman ever to rule as sovereign of the Chinese Empire in her own name. Many other women had actual control of the imperial court for shorter or longer times, but all the others were either consorts of male sovereigns or widows of emperors ruling de facto during the minority of an heir. From ... ...

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