Thanks to my upbringing, I will soon become a concubine.
February 17th, 624
Ah yes, these are my "lesser wives"
14 years later...
I demote you to prince, and you will live in exile.
Empress Wu was born as Wu Zhao on February 17th 624.Her family was wealthy, but they weren't considered grand or aristocratic. Throughout Wu's entire childhood, she excelled in the arts and was well educated.
Yes, finally. I'm the emperor.
When she was 14, she was sent to the Imperial Palace to be a concubine (mistress) to the Emperor Taizong. During Li Zhi's (Taizong's ninth son,) reign, Wu became the highest ranking concubine of the jiupin, second rank of the nine concubines (the hand is pointing to her).
I demand we invade Tibetan!
One of Wu's sons, Li Zhe (Zhongzong of Tang) became the emperor, and Wu had become the empress dowager. When she found out about her son's wife being an empress consort and promoting her father to higher ranks, she demoted him to an exiled prince.
I brought strength to China through religion, defeating, and recapturing.
Wu's youngest son, Li Dan, was made an emperor. But he only had one title, which meant that Wu was supposed to rule. So she became a ruler.
Wu was a ruthless ruler who ordered an attack onto the Tibetan Empire, made Buddhism the official religion, and managed to recapture some of China's lost regions.
Empress Wu died in 705 after being named the Empress Regnant Zetian Dashang. Her rule helped strengthen China and her story is one about defeating your enemies, and rising up.