Emperor of China: Self-Portrait of K'ang-Hsi
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 25, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages
A remarkable re-creation of the life of K'ang-hsi, emperor of the Manchu dynasty from 1661-1772, assembled from documents that survived his reign. Illustrations, notes, bibliography, index.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - William345 - LibraryThing
An fascinating window on Imperial Qing China in the words of Emperor K'ang-Hsi (reigned 1661-1722). I've never read anything like it. To think that author Spence created this "memoir" by assembling ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - antiquary - LibraryThing
One of my favorite books about China, though from other reading I suspect Spence's selection from K'ang Hsi's writings makes him out to be more genial and rational than he actually was. Still, it is a wonderfully vivid expression of what being a Manchu emperor was actually like from the inside. Read full review