Tang Dynasty

By Mady and Rachel

Brief Over View of the Tang Dynasty

The Tang Dynasty ruled from 618 to 907, and during that time China experienced a time of peace and that made it one of the most powerful nationals in the world. It is referred to as the Golden Age.

Empress Wu Zetian Quick Facts

  • Wu Zetian was born in 624 in Wenshui county, Shanxi Province.
  • At the age of 14, she was selected to be Emperor Taizong's Cai Ren (a kind of Tang concubine) because of her beauty and intelligence.
  • Wu managed to remove a group of political enemies thus clearing away all the obstacles in her political career.
  • She killed her daughter and her two sons in order to stay on top of the throne and no one could take over.
  • After 15 years of ruling, Wu Zetian was severely ill at the beginning of the year 705. Under pressure from many chancellors, Wu finally agreed to yield the throne to her third son Li Xian3 who continued to be Emperor Zhongzong.
  • During that period, her literary talents impressed Emperor who permitted her to assist as a secretary.
  • In 649 when Emperor Taizong died, Wu was sent to Ganye Temple to be a nun.
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