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The Forbidden City

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    May Holdsworth(Author) Caroline Courtauld(Author) Hu Chui(Photographer)

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From 1405 until 1912, the occupant of the Dragon Throne determined the fate of China, and indeed of Asia. The Forbidden City was Imperial China's centre of power, and the world's most extravagant palace. This chronicle of the palace, a blend of history, anecdote, narrative, biographical portraits and illustrations, carries the reader through 500 years of Imperial China. The Forbidden City's supreme political significance is described through the main events of an emperor's ceremonial life. Of the thousands who lived in the city, only one inhabitant was an adult male - the Emperor himself. Drawing on rare reminiscences left by palace eunuchs and maidservants, the book evokes the secret stultifying world of the Inner Court, where the Emperor and his concubines lived their private lives. Another theme deals with attempts by European missionaries, diplomats and traders to penetrate the Forbidden City, and shows how the impact of the West eventually led to the collapse of the glittering. corrupt court of Imperial China. The book is being published to coincide with an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the opening of the Forbidden City's palace to the public.

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  • By Momus on 11 October 2014

    This is not the definitive read on the Forbidden City, it's not going to give you the forensic detail that an architect or historian might demand but if you're looking for a reasonably detailed guide for a lay man which'll give you a flavour of the place then you could do a lot worse than spending a morning reading and admiring the artwork presented in this quality book.The compilers lead you through accounts of incidents/etiquette/historical anecdotes to slowly layer your knowledge of this incredible Imperial city at the centre of the Chinese Empire for over 600 years.In constructing this guide there was a plethora of material available for inclusion but the authors have been careful not to overload either the historical factoids nor the illustrations maintaining a careful balance which maintains interest as we make our way from gate to gate.

  • By bookpile on 21 May 2009

    I knew very little about the Forbidden City before I read this book, and having read it now know considerably more. The author knows her subject well, and the photographs are excellent.

  • By G.I.Forbes on 5 September 2013

    This excellent book deals with the home (the Forbidden City) of 23 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynastys durung the period 1420-1912.There is a very good map of the palace at the start of the book indicating 34 points of interest.The book is in 4 parts a)the outer court b)the inner court c)the sun at noon (interesting events affecting the Forbidden City) and d)the palace as a museum -1925 to the present.The pictures and pictures are superb.Highly recommended and a credit to the authors -10 stars

  • By Tweedledum on 8 August 2014

    Beautiful and informative table top book about China's forbidden city. Lavishly illustrated with paintings and photographs the book tells the story of the forbidden city through a series of historical windows and viewpoints.

  • By D. Mackie on 1 August 2014

    Great Book......


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