THE LEGEND OF
THE EMPRESS OF CHINA
Wǔ Zétiān - 武則天
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Even though according to the Confucian beliefs having a woman
rule would be as unnatural as having a "hen crow like a rooster at daybreak,"
during the most glorious years of the Tang dynasty a woman did rule, and ruled
successfully. She was Wu Zetian, the only female in Chinese history to rule as
emperor. To some she was an autocrat, ruthless in her desire to gain and keep
power. To others she, as a woman doing a "man’s job," merely did what she had to
do , and acted no differently than most male emperors of her day. They also note
that she managed to effectively rule China during one of its more peaceful and
culturally diverse periods.
Tang dynasty (618-906 AD) was a time of relative freedom for women. They did not
bind their feet . It was a time in which a number of exceptional women
contributed in the areas of culture and politics. So it is no surprise that Wu,
born into a rich and noble family , was taught to play music, write, and read
the Chinese classics. By thirteen years of age she was known for her wit,
intelligence, and beauty, and was recruited to the court of Emperor Tai Tsung.
She soon became his favorite concubine. But she also had eyes for his son, Kao
When the emperor died and Kao Tsung took over , Wu was now twenty seven years
old . In time she became a favorite concubine of the new emperor. She managed to
eliminate Kao Tsung’s wife, Empress Wang, by accusing her of killing Wu’s
newborn daughter . Kao Tsung believed Wu, and replaced Empress Wang to marry the
up and coming Wu Zetian.
Within five years of their marriage , Emperor Kao Tsung suffered a crippling
stroke . The Empress Wu took over the administrative duties of the court , a
position equal to the emperor. She created a secret police force to spy on her
opposition , and cruelly jailed or killed anyone who stood in her way, including
the unfortunate Empress Wang. With the death of Emperor Kao Tsung , Wu managed
to outflank her eldest sons and moved her youngest , and much weaker son , into
power. She in effect ruled, telling him what to do.
In order to challenge Confucian beliefs against rule by women, Wu began a
campaign to elevate the position of women . She had scholars write biographies
of famous women, and raised the position of her mother’s clan by giving her
relatives high political posts . She moved her court away from the seat of
traditional male power and tried to establish a new dynasty. She said that the
ideal ruler was one who ruled like a mother does over her children. In 684, Wu
Zetian made herself ruler of China and changed the name of the dynasty to Chou
(684-705). She was a remarkable woman, although tradition claims that she was
immoral and lascivious.
The scholars who were fervent believers in traditional rule never forgave her
for usurping the Throne. In spite of her ruthless climb to power, her rule
proved to be benign . She found the best people she could to run the government
, and treated those she trusted fairly. She reduced the army’s size and stopped
the influence of aristocratic military men on government by replacing them with
scholars . Everyone had to compete for government positions by taking exams,
thus setting the practice of government run by scholars. Wu also was fair to
peasants, lowering oppressive taxes, raising agricultural production, and
strengthening public works.
During her reign , Empress Wu placed Buddhism over Daoism as the favored state
religion . She invited the most gifted scholars to China and built Buddhist
temples and cave sculptures . Chinese Buddhism achieved its highest development
under the reign of Wu Zetian.
As she grew older, Empress Wu lessened the power of her secret police.
become increasingly superstitious and fearful . Sorcerers and corrupt court
favorites flattered her. Finally, in 705, she was pressured to give up the
throne in favor of her third son, who was waiting all these years in the wings.
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