Empress Gou

Empress Gou (苟皇后, personal name unknown) was an empress of the Chinese/Di state Former Qin. Her husband was Fu Jiān, who created her empress in 355 after seizing the throne from his violent and cruel cousin Fu Sheng even though he claimed only the title of "Heavenly Prince" (Tian Wang).

Very little is known about Empress Gou. She might have been a relative of Fu Jiān's mother Empress Dowager Gou, but there is not enough evidence. She was still alive in 359, when she participated in a ceremonial feeding of silkworms, but there was no further record of her in history, including whether she survived to her husband's death in 385. (The succession table below assumes that she did survive to 385, although that is highly speculative, although when Fu Jiān's crown prince Fu Hong fled to Jin in 385, he was recorded to have done so with his mother, who was likely to be Empress Gou. )

Last update 24-04-2012

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