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by Nigel Cawthorne


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Daughter of Heaven book. She was taken to the palace as a concubine for the Emperor. In this sensational true story, bestselling author Nigel Cawthorne reveals the dark and dramatic story of the only woman ever to rule China; Wu Chao, concubine, manipulator, politician, murderer, Emperor. From her instruction in the art of love by palace officials, to her eventual sticky end, this book opens a window into the colorful world of Tang Dynasty China – a world of sex and of power. Like a cross between Gone with the Wind and Fatal Attraction, you won’t be able to put it down!

Read "Wu: The Woman Who Schemed, Seduced, and Murdered Her Way to Become a Living God" by Jonathan . Nigel Cawthorne does a satisfactory job in depicting the rise and fall of Wu Chao, the only woman who became a reigning empress in the history of the Middle Kingdom.

Read "Wu: The Woman Who Schemed, Seduced, and Murdered Her Way to Become a Living God" by Jonathan Clements for a truly balanced view. It is the best of the bunch. Published on February 23, 2009.

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Nigel Cawthorne is the author of some 200 books under his own name and as Al Cimino, Alexander Macdonald .

Nigel Cawthorne is the author of some 200 books under his own name and as Al Cimino, Alexander Macdonald, Gordon Bowers, Karl Streisand and Opal Sreisand. He is thought to be the most published living author in the UK. He was called to testify to the US Senate over The Bamboo Cage. However, when he stays away from Wu Chao's personal character (and a surprising amount of the time he does and it's not actually irritating), his scholarship on ancient China is remarkable. I have never encountered anywhere such detailed information on how the Forbidden City was laid out, how concubines were prepared for the Emperor, and how the Emperor interacted with them.

She was taken to the palace as a concubine for the Emperor. Using her skill in the bedroom, she seduced her way to the throne of the most powerful empire in the world. She executed her enemies without mercy, and even murdered her own children for political gain.

The biography of Wu Chao who rose from being a junior concubine fifth class to Emperor of China in her own right and changing the dynasty name to her own. Along the way, she used her sexual wiles and murdered rivals and her own children. Built by Jana Lyon and Sam Lyon Design by Amy Fitter Site architecture by Kayleigh Baker Populated by Gabriel Hourigan.

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She was taken to the palace as a concubine for the Emperor. Using her skill in the bedroom, she seduced her way to the throne of the most powerful empire in the world. She executed her enemies without mercy, and even murdered her own children for political gain. She set up her own imperial harem made up of young men. She elected herself a living god and held a ruthless reign of terror for over fifty years. Yet in the end, it was sex that led to her downfall. In this sensational true story, bestselling author Nigel Cawthorne reveals the dark and dramatic story of the only woman ever to rule China; Wu Chao, concubine, manipulator, politician, murderer, Emperor. From her instruction in the art of love by palace officials, to her eventual sticky end, this book opens a window into the colorful world of Tang Dynasty China – a world of sex and of power. Like a cross between Gone with the Wind and Fatal Attraction, you won’t be able to put it down! This is the gripping story of China’s Cleopatra; a story of murder, sex, love, power, and revenge.

Comments: (7)

Auau
I'm not done reading this. The historical explanations of the Chinese sexual culture and methods was so interesting, the next part got a little boring. I'll get back to it soon, because I really am interested in the history. The descriptions of the city would have been better if there had been a map or a graphic of what was described - must have been possible because the descriptions were very precise. This is a very well researched historical book, but a Western-thinker must be ready to be open minded about a lot of things to be able to read this book. Probably best if they read other books of Chinese culture and history first.
Mettiarrb
This book had the potential to be much more interesting but it was dry and unappealing, with a lot of useless information concerning the years and their names, and blathering on about inconsequential matters.

There is nothing at all personable about the story, and there are no real details on how Wu Chao came to the throne; just that she did.
Vijora
reads like more of a dissertation than a story. Moved way too slow, too bogged down in extraneous history. Excellent research, lots of rich detail, but I was more interested in a good story.
Ziena
Although I have never been what you could call a raging feminist, I was offended by the sexism apparent in this novel. In some places, Wu Chao appeared to commit sins in the eyes of the author simply due to her gender, which is what the official Chinese history vilifies her for; after all, she dared to do things no woman had done before. Once, after describing the huge bureaucracy in the Forbidden City, the author then stated that it "would all fall into the hands of just one woman, Wu Chao." As opposed to the hands of just one man, her husband? Furthermore, is any bureaucracy ever really under the control of just one person?

I was also disappointed in that the author in several places, in describing an event, would describe likely alternative reasons or scenarios, and then invariably conclude by laying the most evil and sensational reason at Wu Chao's door. In one place, where he is describing the system of new characters she invents, he says that "chillingly, the character for 'moon' was a swastika." Why was this chilling? This was 660 A.D.! A swastika was used for centuries before the Nazis vilified it forever as the symbol of the Holocaust. It was perfectly innocent in Wu Chao's time. The author does not seem to be able to resist throwing in these sensationalistic touches.

However, when he stays away from Wu Chao's personal character (and a surprising amount of the time he does and it's not actually irritating), his scholarship on ancient China is remarkable. I have never encountered anywhere such detailed information on how the Forbidden City was laid out, how concubines were prepared for the Emperor, and how the Emperor interacted with them. For a scholar of ancient China, this is a worthy read in that right. But I have read other books on Wu Chao, or "Heavenlight", as her given name translates, and I intend to read more. I don't think this book tells the whole story, despite its title. Try "Empress", by Sa Shan.

At the time I wrote this review, I had not read the other books I mentioned. "Empress" by Sa Shan is just as biased as this book, just in the other way. Read "Wu: The Woman Who Schemed, Seduced, and Murdered Her Way to Become a Living God" by Jonathan Clements for a truly balanced view. It is the best of the bunch.
Clever
The book could be a lot better, as I found it laborious reading. There was a lot more about who did what and said what, than what had to do with Empress Wu. There are others out there that are better.

Carol Melcher
Warianys
I was very disappointed with this book. I didn't expect a scholarly work, with full foot notes. I did expect some sources to be properly identified and some critical reasoning applied to the material the author gathered. For example, accusing an enemy not only of cannibalism but also of enjoying it is just about the oldest way to slander a foe there is. If the author wishes to level this accusation, he needs to show more proof.

I was also disappointed with the lack of organization. The book meanders from one topic to another, forgetting the main focus of the narrative for several chapters before snapping back. The author has never found a tangent he didn't wish to follow.

Finally, a word of warning to any thinking of purchasing this book for younger readers. There are two chapters of detailed descriptions of Chinese sexual philosophy and practices, with such "scholarly" language as "come" for male ejaculation (yes, formally written out), which I didn't expect outside of internet comment sections or porn.

I received a free copy of this book for my obviously unbiased review.
Daughter of Heaven: The True Story of the Only Woman to Become Emperor of China download epub
Historical
Author: Nigel Cawthorne
ISBN: 1851685308
Category: Biographies & Memoris
Subcategory: Historical
Language: English
Publisher: Oneworld Publications; 1st UK Edition 1st Printing edition (September 13, 2007)
Pages: 288 pages