Thursday, September 4, 2008

Emperor Jingzong of Tang

Emperor Tang Jingzong , born Li Zhan, was the 13th emperor of the Tang dynasty of China. He reigned from 824 to 826. Jingzong was the eldest son of emperor and elder brother of emperor .

Emperor Jingzong became emperor an early age of 15 and his short reign would be overshadowed by corrupt military eunuchs that would come to dominate his rule as well as his younger brother who eventually became emperor Wenzong. Uninterested in ruling, Jingzong gave into pleasure seeking and lived in opulence while eunuchs such as Wang Shouchen and officials such as Li Fengji held onto real power.

In twelfth month of 827, after reigning less than 4 years, emperor Jingzong was murdered by another corrupt eunuch named Liu Keming and was succeeded by his younger brother. Jingzong was only 18 when he died.

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