Wu Zetian was born on February 17th 624 in Lizhou or Wenshui China.
Wu Shiyue, her father, was wealthy but not grand. Her mother was a member of the Yang family.
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Wu was the highest ranking concubine after her mother who started at 14. She was highest at Li Zhi's reign after having an affair with him. She later became emperor after Emperor Ruizong yield the throne to her.
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Wu became the first and only empress of China many didn't like her because of this and how it was against the laws. She led an attack against the Tibetan empire which she won but it was sadly followed by many losses. Her rule was ruthless and ambitious.
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Wu loved education. She would write poems and funded art. She also created the civil service exam to make sure they had highly skilled officials. She also made Buddhism China's official religion.
Wu also had two lovers who were brothers, Zhang Changsong and Zhang Yizhi. When she fell ill, they were the only two allowed in her quarters. Officials were confused by this and thought they wanted to seize the throne so they behead the two. She later died and the throne went to her son Li Xian.