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Female Rulers Erin B HUM111 November 29, 2015 History is full of powerful women who ruled over lands and won wars to protect their kingdom just the same as the powerful men in history often times better than the men. Some female rulers we know from history such as Hatshepsut who ruled over Egypt long before Cleopatra, Queen Victoria of Great Brittan, Queen Elizabeth II queen of England today and the list could go on and on. However, the two female rulers that we are going compare are Wu Zetian of china who was born in 624 A.D. and Pharaoh Cleopatra of Egypt who was born 69B.C. both was rulers of their time until their deaths. These two female rulers came from very different backgrounds but ultimately ended up on the same path to…show more content…
So even though Cleopatra was not Egyptian Cleopatra’s family ruled over Egypt for 100 years before she was born. Cleopatra’s father was the ruler over Egypt and when he died he willed his kingdom to his daughter Cleopatra who was 18years old and her brother who was 12 Ptolemy XIV. http://www.biography.com/people/cleopatra-vii-9250984#synopsis According to Egyptian law, Cleopatra was forced to have a consort, who was either a brother or a son, no matter what age, throughout her reign. She was married to her younger brother Ptolemy XIII when he was twelve, however she soon dropped his name from any official documents regardless of the Ptolemaic insistence that the male presence be first among co-rulers. Read more: http://www.touregypt.net/cleopatr.htm#ixzz3szJw1a2F HOW THEY GOT THE POWER TO RULE Wu Zetian also had to aline her self up so that she can gain power over the kingdom starting right from the beginning. When Wu Zetian was young, she read many books and received a good education. At the age of 14, she was selected to be Emperor Taizong's Cai Ren (a kind of Tang concubine) because of her beauty and intelligence. During that period, her literary talents impressed Emperor Taizong who permitted her to assist as a secretary. This enlarged Wu's insight and knowledge of state affairs. It was also then that Wu began to attract the attention of Prince Li Zhi who later became Emperor Gaozong. In 649 when Emperor
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