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E 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 ar The Dowager Empress Ci Xi has proved to be a mysterious yet infamous woman Much has been written of her portraying her as a ruthless corrupt woman who had family members including 2 emperors her son her nephew murdered However in 1903 the western educated Lady Yu Derling the daughter of the Chinese minister to Paris as well as her mother sister brother begin serving in the dowager's court with Derling filling the job as lady in waiting as well as intepreter as she spoke French English fluently In fact it was Derling's brother who took the majority of the photographs of Ci Xi In Derling's book she writes of Ci Xi not as a ruthless old witch but a relatively amiable yet also temperamental woman who loved her gardens dogs picnics boating jewelry clothes Her writing gives us insight into the true story of Ci Xi as well particularly her role or lack thereof in the infamous Boxer Rebellion We also get a look into the world of her nephew the frail Emperor Guangxu a child sick since infancy due to his parents' mistreatment of him who was placed on the throne at the age 3 in 1875 to succeed his cousin Ci Xi's son Emperor Tongzhi She also dispells the popular myth that Ci Xi had mistreated imprisoned her nephew that there was hostility between them However perhaps due to Derling failing to conjure up an image of Ci Xi as a murdress she has been somewhat unfairly derided but her perceptions are now being vindicated earlier this year an author did a full biography of Derling

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Two Years in the Forbidden CityE 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 Plot C If this was actually Der Ling's journal every interesting political controversial and unflattering passage has been excised leaving only bland descriptions of clothing polite conversations and pass timesWriting D The original author Der Ling had excellent English French and Mandarin So this edition has either been edited from English or translated from Mandarin by an editor who has very poor English This edition was also written with the understanding that someone in the Chinese government would be censoring it whether a hundred years ago or now as demonstrated by incessant referrals to how wonderful the Empress was The title is misleading as they are only in the Forbidden City for a few pages This book utterly lacks organization of materialVocabulary D see aboveLevel EasyRating PG References to the Boxer Rebellion strict court etiuetteWorldview Climb the social ladderIllustrations C BW photographs lifted from WikiCommons Should have also included colored photos illustrations of paintings clothing architecture and landscapes which would have been much appropriate when reading descriptions of these things that are unimaginable without actually seeing for oneselfI expected to enjoy this book while learning about a significant historical personage But this edition was a waste of timeThis copy received for free courtesy of GoodReads FirstReads

Der Ling Ý Two Years in the Forbidden City doc

Two Years in the Forbidden City doc ´ Paperback ↠ moneyexpresscard ↠ 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 uniue and surprisingly intimate portrait of the Dragon Lady who ruled China for 47 yFor 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 uniue and surprisingly intimate portrait of th “Is there a king in England? I had thought that our Empress Dowager was ueen of the world”So says one of the court ladies to the authorIt’s a fun book but through all the considerable effort of the author shines the plain fact that Cixi was horrible and terrifying to be around The power of her whim was mitigated by nothing The author had been lucky to be her favorite – that’s all; who knows how it might have ended up for her if this little episode in her life got stretched longer than those two yearsWhy does everyone hate Chinese eunuchs? I want to read on Chinese eunuchs