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Qing dynasty

The Qing Dynasty, also known as the Manchu Dynasty, was the last ruling dynasty of China. The Boxer Rebellion of 1900 weakened its power and the Dynasty was overthrown following the 1911 Revolution, when the Empress abdicated on behalf of the last emperor on 12 February 1912

Quarter Sessions

Courts held in each county or county borough in England and Wales at least four times a year until 1972. Comprised of two or more Justices of the Peace, a Chairman and a Jury, they heard crimes requiring the presence of a jury but not the most serious crimes