Wu Zetian, The First And Only Woman Emperor Of China
Wu Zetian became a royal concubine at the age of 13, sometime between 636 and 638 AD. After Emperor Taizong died, his son, Emperor Gaozong, kept up an affair with Wu and eventually made her his consort—a title equivalent to wife. Wu would continue to exert her influence over male rulers, including her own sons, until she declared herself emperor in 690. She ruled from then until her death in 705. Click above to learn more!