China

Yan Ji – The Machiavellian Empress

Empress Dowager Yan has been known as one of the most devious Empresses in China’s history. She has often been described as a ruthless woman who tried to prevent her stepson, Liu Bao, from taking his rightful place as Emperor. Yet, Empress Dowager Yan has shown her potential to be a capable regent during her [read more]

China

Empress Dowager Dou – The duplicitous Empress

(Not to be confused with Empress Dowager Dou Yifang) Empress Dowager Dou has been known in history as one of China’s most villainous empresses. Chroniclers emphasized how all of her evil actions were pardoned by her merciful adopted son.[1] Historian Keith McMahon even labelled her as “The Conniving Empress.”[2] She killed off her rivals and promoted [read more]