Today we will be discussing one of the most controversial women in Chinese history: Empress Wu Zetian, the only woman to ever rule China. Historians have depicted her as a ruthless monster and an ineffective ruler, but was this really the case? When it comes to Wu Zetian, it is often difficult to separate fact from myth. Are all the extreme stories about her true? Was she a ruthless monster, or was her legacy tarnished by a long-lasting smear campaign?


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Keywords: Asian history, China history, Chinese history, Female rulers, Female leaders, Empress, Emperor, Wu Zetian empress, Wu Zetian facts, Wu Zetian murder, Wu Zetian daughter, Wu Zetian histor, Wu Zetian biography



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Sarah Duncan is a lean manufacturing coach for a pharmaceutical company. Her ADD combined with excessive creative energy have led to many outlandish pursuits and activities over the years, including 20+ years as a dancer and choreographer, a brief stint competing in sprint triathlons, and performing in the Raleigh musical theater scene. For years, Sarah has been fascinated with how romance and passion have frequently changed the course of history. Salacious History evolved out of Sarah’s love of history, pop culture, and podcasting.

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