Title: Wu Zetian - The One and Only
Historical Era: Tang Dynasty (618 - 907AD), Zhou Dynasty (690 - 705AD)
Summary: Wu Zetian went by many names during her lifetime. But the pinnacle of her accomplishments was Empress Regnant, founder of the Zhou Dynasty. Clever and daring, a young girl born into obscurity rose through the ranks of the imperial court and clawed her way up the ladder until she sat atop it, looking down at the multitude of bodies left in her wake. Don't be one of them... listen now!
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