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Eunuch and Emperor in the Great Age of Qing Rule

Norman A. Kutcher

Abstract

Chinese eunuchs have long been an object of fascination, but shockingly little is known about them. Castrated so as to maintain the integrity of the imperial line by ensuring that any child born in the palace is the emperor’s, most of these servants lived out their lives in obscurity, performing the menial tasks that kept the palace functioning. Some rose to prominence, becoming imperial advisors and confidants. A few became infamous, flattering their way into the emperor’s good graces and slowly arrogating power. Usurping eunuchs were a perennial threat to imperial rule, and were blamed for t ... More

Keywords: Eunuchs, Emperors, Qing, Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong, rulership, Beijing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520297524
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520297524.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norman A. Kutcher, author
Syracuse University