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Empress dowager

Empress Dowager (Chinese & Japanese : 皇太后, pinyin hang ti hu,Japanese pronunciation:Koutaigou) was entitled to the mother or a woman from the mother generation of the Chinese dynastic ruler. Appeared more frequently than the Grand Empress Dowager, numerous empress dowagers held regency within the beginning years of reign of an underage or young emperor. Nevertheless the most prominent and infamous dowagers extended long periods of regency even after the emperor was matured enough to govern alone, which was a source of political turmoil according to traditional view of Chinese history.

Chronological list of famous Chinese empress dowagers

Han dynasty

Northern Dynasties Tang Dynasty Qing Dynasty

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