Tomb found of ancient Chinese female politician
BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a 7th-century female politician who was one of the most powerful women in the country's ancient history, local media said on Thursday.
Shangguan Wan'er - who lived from 664 to 710 in the Tang dynasty - was a trusted aide to China's first female emperor Wu Zetian, and married to Wu's son, while having relationships with both the empress's lover and her nephew.
As a sequence of murders, coups and affairs enveloped the dynasty, Shangguan Wan'er's husband Li Xian briefly became emperor - only to be killed by his senior wife, who took power herself.
She was deposed in turn by Li Longji, who killed both her and Shangguan Wan'er.