mei
China

Imperial Consort Mei – The sorrowful poems from the consort who loved plum blossoms

Imperial Consort Mei’s love story with Emperor Xuanzong was very tragic, but it resulted in the creation of beautiful poetry. She was once the favourite concubine of Emperor Xuanzong. However, when the infamous Imperial Consort Yang Guifei arrived at the palace, Emperor Xuanzong neglected and banished Imperial Consort Mei. While Imperial Consort Mei suddenly lost [read more]

cheonchu
Empress Dowager Cheonchu

Empress Dowager Cheonchu – The regent who ruled Korea with an iron fist

Empress Dowager Cheonchu was the granddaughter, daughter, wife, sister, mother, and aunt of Goryeo (Korean) emperors. However, Empress Dowager Cheonchu has gone down in Korean history as a lecherous, villainous Empress. Over the centuries, historians have called her a “음녀 [prostitute]” [1] and a “악녀 [villain].” [2] This was because she took a lover after [read more]