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Chinese Imperial Court Life and Exceptional Rulers (Qing Dynasty 1644-1911) David Rosier Tuesday 10 March 2020


Holy Trinity Church
134  Wycombe Road

Prestwood HP16 0HJ

The Special Interest Day begins with an exploration of Chinese Imperial Court life in terms of structure, protocol and, most importantly, the history and impact of regulated formal Court Costume worn by the Chinese Imperial Clan together with the 9 Ranks of both Civil and Military Officials.

The second lecture will consider the impact, and legacy, of the Emperor Qianlong (1735-1796). Regarded as one of China’s most accomplished Emperors Qianlong was additionally seen as the most influential individual of the dynasty with regard to patronage of the arts, cultural developments and evolution of Court Protocol, his greatest legacy being the World’s greatest collection of Oriental Art and Antiques.

The final lecture considers the life and legacy of the Dowager Empress Cixi. Portrayed globally for over a century after her death (1908) as a ruthless tyrant who halted the modernisation of China leading to humiliating defeats at the hands of Western colonial powers.