March 19, 2015

Intriguing Woman#1: Empress Cixi

Filed under: Books — rvchua @ 11:58 am

This week I have been reading the wikipedia pages of 3 intriguing women. First one is Empress Cixi who at first was the concubine of the Xianfeng Emperor, then became the regent of her son the Tongzhi Emperor and her nephew the Guangxu Emperor. She was the most powerful person in China for 47 years. The Qing dynasty collapsed 3 years after her death with Puyi, the last Emperor of China (refer to Bernardo Bertolucci’s film The Last Emperor with John Lone in the titular role).

Pearl S. Buck wrote a fictionalized biography of Empress Cixi. If it is accurate, I do not know but it would be an interesting read.

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