Yehenara Concubine Elevated to
Empress Dowager Cixi, aka Tzu Hsi
Yehenara (1834 - 1908) as imperial concubine was known by her clan name “Yehenara,” or “Yeho Nala”. In 1860 China was being invaded by combined European nations. It was a power grab. The Manchurian emperor Hsien Feng was dying. His death resulted in a coup d’état which in turn elevated an insignificant imperial concubine onto the stage as the Empress Dowager Cixi (Tsu Hsi). The key was the son she had borne the dying emperor Hsien Feng. See the Historical Figure of Tzu Hsi aka. Cixi in later life.
Portrait by artist-historian George Stuart.
Courtesy George S. Stuart.
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