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Biographical Data Empress Wu is also known as Wu Hou Wu Chao Wu Zetian or Wu Ts Tien Emulator of Heaven She was born in the year of 625 AD She was born and raised in China during the Tang dynasty Empress Wu was the daughter of Wu Shih-Huo a rich and noble merchant at the time The Tang Dynasty was a time of relative freedom for woman Since Empress Wu lived during that period of time she was well educated at home Like most other rich and noble people of her time she was taught to play music write and read the Chinese classics Empress Wu started out as a low-ranking concubine of the emperor of the Tang court Tai Tsung She was well known for her beauty wit and intelligence and so that was why she was recruited to the Tang court at the early age of 13 It was the year of 638 AD when she was recruited Soon after she was recruited to the Tang court she went from a low-ranking concubine to his favorite concubine When Tai Tsung died in 652 AD Empress Wu mourned his death and traditionally she shaved off all her hair and became a nun Meanwhile in the Tang court after Tai Tsungs death Tai Tsungs son Kao Tsung became the emperor of the Tang court Kao Tsungs empress Empress Wang was jealous of a new concubine that Kao Tsung gave much affection to Her name was Hsaio Shu-Fei She then ordered Empress Wu to grow her hair back and come back to the Tang court She did what she was told and came back Empress Wangs plan was to take away the affection that Kao Tsung gave to Hsaio Shu-Fei Empress Wangs plan worked but it also backfired on her Empress Wu got Kao Tsungs affection but still Empress Wang was not satisfied because she still didnt get any affection So then Empress Wang became
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