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 Jia Nanfeng

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

Queen Dowager Zhao

The daughter of a prominent family of Zhao, she was a concubine of the merchant Lü Buwei, who gave her to his protegé, Prince Yiren of Qin.

Leizu: a legendary empress and wife of the Yellow Emperor

Because of her finding of silk and starting the coveted silk industry, Empress Leizu was called the Goddess of Silk. Ever since, women were the only in charge of producing magnificent silk cloths.

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 Lü -China’s first reigning Empress

While Lu Zhi never proclaimed herself Empress, many historians recognise her as the first reigning Empress of China. 

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.

Wei Zifu

Wei Zifu (卫子夫), She was the second wife of the famous Emperor Wu and his spouse of 49 years, and stayed as his empress for 38 years, the...

Cixi – the Empress Dowager Who Helped Modernize China

Ruthless and brilliant, the empress dowager Cixi challenged foes—both foreign and domestic, including her adopted son, Emperor Guangxu—to bring China into the modern age. Born...

Consort Donggo

Consort Donggo entered the Forbidden City at the age of 18 and was deeply loved and favored by the Shunzhi Emperor. She was granted the title "Consort Xian" (賢妃) in August 1656. She was further elevated to the status of "Imperial Noble Consort" (皇貴妃) in January 1657. 

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