Two Years in the Forbidden City

Two Years in the Forbidden City

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by Princess Der Ling
     
 

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Take a journey into the world of China's most feared Empress.

This true story was the first eyewitness account of the Imperial Court written by a Chinese aristocrat for Western readers. It provides an up-close personal view of the notorious Dowager Empress Tzu-hsi in the final years of her reign.

Enhanced with rich imagery and additional historical notes, "Two

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Take a journey into the world of China's most feared Empress.

This true story was the first eyewitness account of the Imperial Court written by a Chinese aristocrat for Western readers. It provides an up-close personal view of the notorious Dowager Empress Tzu-hsi in the final years of her reign.

Enhanced with rich imagery and additional historical notes, "Two Years in the Forbidden City" is a vivid trip into the grandeur and intrigue of China's last dynasty.

* Featuring a new introduction, author biography and afterword by author/editor Noël Fletcher which provides context for this book in modern Chinese history.

* Includes interesting historical details and photos about China's infamous Dowager Empress Tzu-hsi (Cixi), the Boxer Rebellion, the Imperial Court, and other people featured in the narrative.

* Illustrated with 100+ historical photographs, illustrations, and paintings from the late 1800s to early 1900s.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781470075613
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/10/2012
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.46(d)

Meet the Author

"Princess" Der Ling (1885 - 1944) was a Manchu, the daughter of Yu Keng. Yu Keng was a member of the Manchu Plain White Banner Corps and according to his daughter was a Lord. He was known for his progressive, reformist views, as well as for his unvarying support of the Empress Dowager Cixi.

Yu Keng's daughters Der Ling and Rong Ling (1882-1973, the future Madame Dan Paochao of Beijing) received a western education, having studied dance in Paris with Isadora Duncan. Upon return from France, Der Ling became the First lady-in-waiting to Empress Dowager Cixi, as well as a translator. She stayed at court until March 1905. In 1907, Der Ling married Thaddeus C. White, an American. Der Ling had a brother, Xunling (ca. 1880-1943), who studied photography in France and later took the only photographs of Empress Dowager Cixi still in existence.

Using the title of princess, which would create controversy for her in both China and the United States in future, Der Ling wrote down her unique experience in court in her memoirs Two Years in the Forbidden City, which were published in 1911, and wrote about the experience through her next seven books. "Two Years" gives historical insights into life at court and Der Ling's service to the Dowager Empress, essentially a world that has disappeared.

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Two Years In The Forbidden City 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book version is from 2014 - brand new. The reviews below are not for this version of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book and it down loaded with blank pages.
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