Yang Guifei's slender legs trembled as she stood at the ceremony that would crown her as empress. She mastered the flute and harp for him. She composed countless poems for him. But when the emperor finally chose her and she stood before her crown, she shook with apprehension. Her timidness raised the emperor's affections for her even more. The expressions of love woven into her poetry and entwined in her music led him to pick her from among his myriad of mistresses.
Yang Yuhuan (楊玉環) (26 June, 719 — 15 July 756), often known as Yang Guifei (楊貴妃) (literally: "Imperial Consort Yang", with Guifei being the highest rank for imperial consorts during her time), known briefly by the Taoist nun name Taizhen (太真), was known as one of the Four Beauties of ancient China. She was the beloved consort of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang during his later years. During the An Lushan Rebellion, as Emperor Xuanzong and his cortege were fleeing from the capital Chang'an to Chengdu, the emperor's guards demanded that he put Yang to death because they blamed the rebellion on her cousin Yang Guozhong and the rest of her family. The emperor capitulated and reluctantly ordered his attendant Gao Lishi to strangle Yang to death.
Artwork by Xi Zhang aka Ramzes.