The World of Wu Zhao

The World of Wu Zhao

Annotated Selections from Zhang Zhuo's "Chaoye qianzai"

By N. Harry Rothschild

The World of Wu Zhao is an annotated translation of Zhang Zhuo’s collection of miscellany, Court and Country, that offers a lively, folksy and novel perspective of the empire of Wu Zhao, China’s first and only female emperor, that will amuse and shock readers, prompting them to recalibrate everything they think they know about medieval China.

PDF, 250 Pages

ISBN:9781839983535

February 2023

£25.00, $35.00

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ISBN:9781839983542

February 2023

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About This Book

The World of Wu Zhao is a carefully curated set of more than 120 translated stories—all annotated and contextualized—on a range of topics from Zhang Zhuo’s 張鷟 eighth century collection of miscellany, Collected Records of Court and Country (Chaoye qianzai 朝野僉載). The book provides English readers with a sense and feel for the empire during the reign of Wu Zhao 武曌 (624–705, also known as Empress Wu and Wu Zetian), China’s first and only female emperor. 

The World of Wu Zhao moves outward from the female sovereign’s personal and intimate domain of the inner palace. The text includes chapters on a number of different themes and topics: the female emperor’s male favorites, the culture of the court , cruel officials, as well as sections on flora and fauna, the common folk, artisans and craftsmen, Buddhist and Daoist monks, the military, spirits and the supernatural, the borderlands, and local officials. Chapters are introduced through “speaking artifacts” such as saddles, swords, bronze tallies, porcelain figurines of camels and grooms, official tallies, Buddhist cave paintings and funerary monuments—contemporary to the reign of the female emperor. This lively and fresh perspective on medieval China will amuse and shock readers, prompting them to recalibrate everything they think they know about medieval China.

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Author Information

Harry Rothschild is Professor of Chinese History at the University of North Florida, USA. He specializes in early Tang history and the study of women and gender in China and East Asia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; The Inner Palace of Wu Zhao; The Culture of the Court; Cruel Officials, the Teeth and Claws; Local Officials; Lives of the Common Folk; Generals and MilitaryMen; Peoples of the Periphery and Beyond; Buddhists and Daoists; The Natural World: Flora and Fauna; The Supernatural Realm; Conclusions.

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