Monarch Series: Empress Dowager Cixi

Fact File

 

  • Name: Empress Dowager Cixi
  • DOB: 29th November 1835
  • DOD: 15th November 1908
  • Reign: 1861-1908 China – Qing dynasty

 

Rise to Royalty

At just 16 Cixi was chosen to become a concubine for Emperor Xianfeng. She started as a third-grade concubine but rose to secondary consort to the Emperor after the son she bore him turned one – she was the only concubine that bore him a male heir. At the age of thirty, Emperor Xianfeng died and Cixi’s five year old son became Emperor Tongzhi.

On his deathbed, Xianfeng had set up an eight-man regency group to rule China after his death. It is believed this is due to his mistrust of Cixi and his belief that she would meddle in affairs of state. If this is true, he had every right to be wary. Continue reading “Monarch Series: Empress Dowager Cixi”

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Hardback vs. Paperback

There’s nothing prettier than a hardback. They often have special, gorgeous covers and shows the world that you bought it as soon as it was published. As presents, they show that thought and care has gone into the purchase. However, I can’t help but feel the current release system for new books would serve the public better if it were reversed. Usually, hardbacks are released first and then the paperback is released months later. Hardbacks tend have a smaller print run compared to their paperback counterpart, but as their prices are higher, publishers make more money per unit than they do with the paperback. Hardbacks make good review copies, excellent library editions as they are more durable and are appealing to literary collectors, yet are they practical or even preferable to the common reader? Continue reading “Hardback vs. Paperback”

Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger AwardHello everyone! Hope you are all enjoying your Sunday. I’m just trying to relax and recover after completing the Cambridge Half Marathon this morning! I still can’t believe I did it, and we managed to raise over £1000 for Cancer Research UK which is of course, fantastic.

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