Southern dynasty

Zhang Yao’er 章要儿

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhang_Yao’er

Empress Xuan, also known as Zhang Yao’er, was an empress of the Chinese Chen Dynasty. She was married to the founding emperor, Emperor Wu (Chen Baxian). Zhang Yao’er was described as knowledgeable in mathematics, poetry, and literature. Despite facing captivity during periods of political turmoil, she played a significant role in supporting her husband’s ascent to the throne. Emperor Wu honored her as empress dowager after his death, and she continued to hold influence during Emperor Wen’s reign. However, her power waned over time, and she passed away in 570, buried with honors alongside Emperor Wu.

Artist’s Note

“我是陈武帝陈霸先的皇后,章要儿。据说我出生时,有一道人上门送生母苏氏一个小乌龟玩具,光彩五色。生下我时,紫光满室,小乌龟却不见了,我从小。聪明,好读书,美丽动人。仪态万方。手指甲长达五寸,色呈白色,光彩非常。”

Emperor Xuan of Chen 陳宣帝

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Wu_of_Chen

Emperor Wu of Chen, also known as Chen Baxian, was the founding emperor of the Chen dynasty in China. He rose to prominence as a general in the Liang dynasty, particularly during the campaign against rebel general Hou Jing. Through his military successes, he earned promotions and eventually seized power in 555 by overthrowing his superior, General Wang Sengbian. In 557, he compelled Emperor Jing of Liang to abdicate, establishing the Chen dynasty. Upon his death in 559, his nephew Chen Qian succeeded him as Emperor Wen, as his only surviving son, Chen Chang, was held captive by the Northern Zhou dynasty.

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