Two Years in the Forbidden City (Paperback)

Two Years in the Forbidden City By Der Ling, Graham Earnshaw (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Der Ling, Graham Earnshaw (Foreword by)
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For two years, Princess Der Ling was the favorite lady-in-waiting to the Empress Dowager Cixi in the imperial palace in Beijing. This book provides a unique and surprisingly intimate portrait of the Dragon Lady, who ruled China for 47 years, and brought the country to the brink of destruction. Der Ling refers to the larger political context on many occasions. But the best parts of the book are the small details. What emerges is an intimate portrait of the life and personality of the Empress Dowager, and a sense of the inner workings of the highly secretive world of the imperial palace.

About the Author

Princess Der Ling was born in 1885, the daughter of Lord Yu Keng who served as Chinese minister to Japan and then as minister to France for four years from 1899. She received a Western education in Paris and in 1903 at the age of 18, entered the palace as a lady-in-waiting to the Empress Dowager, acting as her interpreter and helper. She left the palace in March 1905 to be with her father, who died in Shanghai that year. She married an American named Thaddeus White in 1907, published this book in 1911 and died in the United States in 1944.

Praise For…

“A fascinating insight into the world of the most powerful woman in China’s history.”  —Paul French, author of Carl Crow, a Tough Old China Hand

Product Details
ISBN: 9789881714992
ISBN-10: 9881714990
Publisher: Earnshaw Books
Publication Date: November 1st, 2007
Pages: 270
Language: English