Imperial Woman is the fictionalized biography of the last Empress in China, Ci-xi, who began as a concubine of the Xianfeng Emperor and on his death became the de facto head of the Qing Dynasty until her death in 1908.
Buck recreates the life of one of the most intriguing rulers during a time of intense turbulence.
Tzu Hsi was born into one of the lowly ranks of the Imperial dynasty. According to custom, she moved to the Forbidden City at the age of seventeen to become one of hundreds of concubines. But her singular beauty and powers of manipulation quickly moved her into the position of Second Consort.
Tzu Hsi was feared and hated by many in the court, but adored by the people. The Empress's rise to power (even during her husband's life) parallels the story of China's transition from the ancient to the modern way.
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Review: Imperial WomanUser Review - Tania - Goodreads
Good and evil mingled in her, but always in heroic dimensions. 3.5 stars. This is the story of Empress Tzu-hsi, who ruled the Manchu dynasty in China for 47 years. In 1852 she was selected as a ... Read full review
Review: Imperial WomanUser Review - Savannah - Goodreads
This was an incredible read. Pearl Buck writes a stunning tale; this is my favourite so far. It could be studied with such a variety of intentions, because it delves into so many themes: the innate ... Read full review