Xuan Zong


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Xuan Zong

(ˈʃwɑːn ˈtsɒŋ) or

Hsüan-tsung

n
(Biography) 685–762 ad, Chinese emperor (712–56) of the Tang dynasty
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For centuries, emperors are cautioned against the feminine hazard of femme fatale in the narratives of Emperor You ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) in the West Zhou Dynasty, who entertained his favorite concubine Bao Si ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) by lighting fire beacons to trick his vassals, and Emperor Xuan Zong ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) in the Tang Dynasty, whose devotion on his Concubine Yang ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) led to a political riot that eventually caused the Dynasty to decline.
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