HISTORICAL FIGURES

Qianlong Emperor: The Worst Poet in Chinese History?

The longest-lived ruler of the Qing dynasty wrote 43,000 poems in his lifetime, most of them bad

ANCIENT HISTORY

The Challenges of Adoption in Imperial China

The importance of male heirs made for complex negotiations of ritual, law, and lineage for those wishing to adopt

HISTORY

Gay Emperors in Chinese History

Five love stories about ancient monarchs and their male confidantes

HISTORY

Five of China’s Worst “Last Emperors”

In honor of the leadership transition in Washington, a countdown of rulers so bad that they ended eras

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