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An overview of the royal women of Imperial China
Women Shall Not Rule: Imperial Wives and Concubines in China from Han to Liao
by Keith McMahon, published by Rowman & Littlefield, (2020), 9781538141946
Celestial Women: Imperial Wives and Concubines in China from Song to Qing
by Keith McMahon, published by Rowman & Littlefield, (2020), 9781538141434
Focus on Japan’s regnant empresses
Japan’s Early Female Emperors
by E. Patricia Tsurumi, published by Medievalists.net, originally printed in Historical Reflections, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp41–49, (Spring 1981)
A personal perspective on being a royal woman in pre-modern Korea
The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong: The Autobiographical Writings of a Crown Princess of Eighteenth-Century Korea
by JaHyun Kim Haboush (edited by), published by University of California Press, (2013), 9780520280489
A useful collection on the lives of royal and court women across the pre-modern world
Servants of the Dynasty: Palace Women in World History
by Anne Walthall (edited by), published by University of California Press, (2008), 9780520254442
Text © Elena Woodacre, 2021.