The Traitor Princess of Manchuria
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This unlikely heroine created her own Woman's Army of 70,000 soldiers through good manners and political savvy - and then used it to overthrow one of China's greatest douchebags.
The only female emperor of China in history, her ruthless rise to power makes Game of Thrones look like a day at the beach.
When a monster demanded teenage girl sacrifice, Li Chi saved herself, and was crowned princess for her troubles.
When a government magistrate unjustly killed her son, this unassuming middle-aged wife spent years raising an army to topple that same government.
This princess held her father to his word in the most unexpected way: by demanding to marry the stupidest man in Korea.
Picked to be an impotent figurehead, this savvy intellectual quickly learned how to play politics and modernized the nation to ward off invasion.
When famine hit Jeju island, where she'd been exiled since birth, this prostitute-turned-businesswoman spent her fortune to feed everyone.
This undefeated warrior princess refused to marry unless her suitor could defeat her in wrestling - if he lost, he owed her 100 horses. In the end, she had 10,000 horses and no husband.
Destined to be a mere political pawn, this Mongol queen rode into battle while pregnant, united the warring tribes, and was considered to be the second coming of Genghis Khan.
Bisexual cross-dressing spy princess of the Qing dynasty - a hero to some and unspeakable villain to others.