This chapter examines women's private affairs dealing with education, religion, and romance in the Liao and Jin periods. It begins with a discussion of how women in Jin and Liao society were educated and proceeds by considering women's involvement in Buddhism, along with the ways in which they contributed to Buddhist institutions. It then turns to the rumored liaison between Empress Chengtian and her chief minister, Hann Derang. More specifically, it analyzes the romance in the context of Liao conventions regarding sexuality, betrothal, and widowhood, plus new archaeological discoveries, and suggests that the rumors involving Chengtian and Hann Derang may well have been true.
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