Forbidden City: The Great Within

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It describes the emperor's ceremonial life, the stultifying world of his concubines, eunuchs and palace maids, and the devastating impact of the West in the late 19th century. A new chapter deals with the treasures and paintings collected under imperial patronage—their dramatic dispersal, painstaking recovery and restoration—and ends in the triumphant establishment of the Palace Museum.

Introduction by pre-eminent China scholar Jonathan Spence; explains the rich history of the home of the Chinese emperor; draws on previously inaccessible information in Beijing; explores the lifestyles behind the Forbidden City's walls; extensive quotes from early days, including views from palace maids and eunuchs; detailed map of the Forbidden City's layout.

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About the author (2008)

May Holdsworthwas born in Shanghai and educated in Hong Kong, Malaysia and England. She has been writing about China since 1979.Caroline Courtauldis a writer, published photographer, and documentary film producer. Currently she is co-executive producer onBuilding China Modernto be broadcast on PBS in fall 2007.Jonathan Spencehas written a great number of acclaimed works on China.Hu Chui, head of the photographic and information department of the Palace Museum, Beijing, entered the museum studio at the end of 1978. His acclaimed work has been published in dozens of publications, and has been exhibited in the USA, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, and Italy.

Caroline Courtauld is a writer, published photographer, and documentary film producer and researcher. Her publications include books on Burma, Hong Kong and China. Her latest documentary for PBS (USA) Building China Modern, has received wide acclaim. She resides in Hong Kong and Essex, England.

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