China's Forgotten Emperor is a Documentary programme.
China's Forgotten Emperor
She's probably the most controversial woman in Chinese history: Wu Zetian, who rose from lowly concubine to become the only woman in Chinese history to dare to take the title 'Emperor'. Since her death 1300 years ago, Wu Zetian has been remembered as a callous tyrant who brought calamity to China. But now extraordinary new discoveries are revealing a very different picture of her reign. As archaeologists investigate hidden tombs, spectacular pagodas, gigantic palaces and priceless treasures from her time, they are uncovering a very different story of China's female Emperor, her skills and her empire. China in the age of Wu Zetian was a military, economic and cultural superpower, whose influence stretched from the edge of the Mediterranean to Japan and India. Recent discoveries reveal the wealth and stability of her reign, and point to her skills as a politician and a leader.
Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)
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