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Emperor Huizong of Western Xia

Emperor Huizong of Western Xia Emperor of the Western Xia Dynasty

Emperor of the Western Xia Dynasty
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Emperor of the Western Xia Dynasty
A.K.A. Li Bingchang
Was Emperor
From China
Type Royals
Gender male
Birth 1061
Death 21 August 1086 (aged 25 years)
Family
Mother: Empress Liang (Emperor Yizong's wife)
Father: Emperor Yizong of Western Xia
Spouse: Empress Liang (Emperor Huizong's wife)
Children: 察哥Emperor Chongzong of Western Xia
The details
Biography

Emperor Huizong (1060–1086), born Li Bingchang 李秉常, was the 3rd emperor of the Western Xia (reigned 1067–1086).

After his father's sudden death, Huizong assumed the throne at the young age of six. His mother, Empress Dowager Liang (梁太后), became the regent for the rest of Huizong's reign. In 1076, Huizong turned sixteen, and was supposed to assume direct control of the throne, but was stopped by the enormous influence of the Dowager. The two sparred over the cultural policy of the empire: Emperor Huizong supported sinicization, while Empress Dowager Liang supported Tangutization (ironic, considering Huizong is of Tangut heritage, and Liang is of Han Chinese heritage). Empress Dowager Liang eventually had Huizong put under house arrest; as a result, Huizong requested Song for help. Song invaded Western Xia on the premise of freeing Huizong, but the invasion was repelled.

Empress Dowager Liang then forced Huizong to marry her daughter, who would also become a powerful empress dowager. Thus, Western Xia had two different Empress Dowager Liang.

He was depressed by the control of his mother, and Huizong later died at the young age of 26.

Huizong was succeeded by Emperor Chongzong of Western Xia.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 06 Mar 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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