Empress Jia Nanfeng

Jia Nanfeng continued to rule with absolute authority for several years. Using Sima Zhong’s authority, she controlled the Jin dynasty.

Empress Dugu: Influential Figure in the Imperial Palace

Empress Dugu Qieluo (独孤伽罗,544-602), formally Empress Xian (literary meaning "the wise empress"), was an empress of the Sui Dynasty (581-618). She was the wife...

Empress Yin Lihua

Yin Lihua (陰麗華; 5–64 AD), formally Empress Guanglie (光烈皇后, literally, "the rebuilding and achieving empress"), was an empress during the Eastern Han Dynasty. She was the second empress of her...

Empress Xiao: Surviving the Change of Dynasties

Empress Xiao survived the ups and downs of the dynasty change. Eventually, she was buried with honor after the bitterness she had suffered through the years.

Xiao Yanyan

Xiao Yanyan (蕭燕燕; 953–1009) was a Khitan empress of imperial China's Liao dynasty. Her Chinese name was Xiao Chuo (蕭綽). She married Emperor Jingzong of Liao. At his death in 982, she became regent for...

Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang

Empress Dowager Xiaozhuang (孝庄文皇后,28 March 1613 – 27 January 1688)was a consort of Hong Taiji, the second ruler of the Manchu Qing dynasty. She was a descendant of...

Lady Zhen

Lady Zhen (甄夫人,26 January 183 – 4 August 221), personal name unknown, was the first wife of Cao Pi, the first ruler of the state of Cao Wei in...

Empress Zhangsun: the civil, virtuous, serene, and holy empress

As empress, Empress Zhangsun was said to be frugal and humble, taking only the supplies that she needed without living luxuriously.

Consort Dowager Wang

Known commonly by her imperial consort title Shufei (王淑妃), it is not known when Lady Wang was born. She was a daughter in a household from Bin Prefecture (邠州, in modern Xianyang, Shaanxi) that made cakes. Because of her great beauty, she gained the nickname of "Huajianxiu" (花見羞, "flowers would be ashamed to see her").

Empress Feng- Bringing Han Traditions into Northern Wei Dynasty

Empress Feng was born in 442. After Emperor Wencheng became emperor, she became his concubine in 455, carrying the rank of Guiren. In 456, she was made empress.

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