Welcome to Women of History Book Tour’s third week. In this week we are talking about Empress Wu Zetian(The Legendary Women of World History Book 5) and Gwenllian Ferch Gruffydd(The Legendary Women of World History Book 6). For my stop in the Women of History Book Tour’s third week, I am going to review Empress Wu Zetian.
EMPRESS WU ZETIAN
The Legendary Women of World History Book 5
The most hated woman in Chinese history!
Travel back in time over one thousand years and meet the first and only female emperor of China. Born Wu Zhao and given the reign title “Zetian” just weeks before her death in 705 CE, Empress Wu was the unwanted daughter of Chancellor Wu Shihuo — too bright, too educated, and too politically focused to make a good wife according to contemporary interpretations of the Analects of Confucius.
Married off at age 14 as a low-ranking concubine to Emperor Taizong, Wu’s intelligence, beauty, and charm won her a place as his secretary and protégé, political experience that would empower her to transform the lives of countless billions.
Explore the life of Empress Wu and discover why the world is a vastly different place because she dared what no woman in China before or since ever dreamed of.
When I first saw this tour, I got quite excited and signed up immediately. I think I have never read anything much in detail about Chinese history in our history books, as far as I remember. So this opportunity to enlighten myself about a Chinese Empress was something that got me really excited.
Coming to the review. I think I really liked the way this biography of Empress Wu was written. I liked the writing style a lot. It was written as a moving story, in third person narrative, where the story spans over a long number of years. In this book, it was like a few major scenes of Empress’ life was taken out and dramatised in it.
Empress Wu’s character can only be termed as controversial. She has done quite a few deeds in her life that could be considered as morally incorrect, like murder, but still she did a lot of things which was in the betterment of the people of her kingdom, most important was trying to give equal rights to men and women. Empress Wu’s character had quite a lot of shades, which you would get to know about if you read this book, plus you would get to know about how her way of thinking and thoughts changed over the years.
I think you should all give this book a shot because Empress Wu Zetian’s story is worth to be known plus this book is very small, only 70 pages, so you will be able to finish this book in one sitting only.
GWENLLIAN FERCH GRUFFYDD
The Warrior Princess of Deheubarth
The Legendary Women of World History Book 6
Queen Elizabeth Tudor’s Heroic Welsh Foremother!
Born in 1097 in Aberffraw Castle, Princess Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd ap Cynan was always destined for great things. As daughter to one of Gwynedd’s greatest warriors she grew up strong and passionate — more than a match for her older brothers.
At sixteen Gwenllian’s life changed forever when she fell in love with Prince Gruffydd ap Rhys, the beleaguered heir to Rhys ap Tewdur of Deheubarth. Together husband and wife fought for and ruled southern Wales, challenging the Norman Conquest of Wales and proving once and for all the nobility and courage of the Welsh people, a courage that endures across the centuries and lives in the heart of every Welsh man, woman, and child.
Includes an extensive timeline covering over 400 years of Welsh and English medieval history.
About the Author
Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over twenty books published and self-published since August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide.
With her lyrical writing style, Laurel’s books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.
In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series.
One winner each week will receive a sapling tree from the Arbor Day Foundation – trees will vary depending on the winner’s region – US only. There will also be two random winners for a special mystery prize- drawn at surprise moments during the tour!
Follow the tour HERE to discover the other amazing Legendary Women of World History books and enter the weekly giveaways!