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The Forbidden City in Monaco : Imperial Court Life in China (Multi-lingual)

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A beautiful book exploring the Forbidden City and the lives of the Emperors and Empresses of China 

The Forbidden City is one of the most impressive palace complexes, and the world’s most popular tourist venue; now both a palace and a museum, it served as the hub around which the new capital, Beijing, was organised. Built between 1406 and 1420, it became the cradle of power for the Manchu dynasty for almost three centuries.

Published for the exhibition in Monaco, this book brings together some 200 remarkable exhibits, including portraits, ceremonial costumes, furniture and scientific instruments from the former palace of the emperors as well as loans from major European and American collections.

The book highlights different aspects of Qing life (1644-1911), last imperial dynasty, and endeavours to discover the personality of the Chinese emperors through selected works and writings. The personalities of the Qing emperors are a crucial element of the book, most notably in the cases of Kangxi (1662–1722), Yongzheng (1723–1735) and Qianlong (1736–1795), who considered themselves exemplars of Chinese culture. As the “Son of Heaven”, the emperor was an all-powerful being and the nation’s military, religious and cultural leader. 

  • Author: Jean-Paul Desroche
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Date published: October 2017
  • Language: English-French
  • ISBN: 978-2370740564
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 22.5 cm

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