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Zhao Fu Ming dynasty person CBDB = 306785

Ming dynasty person CBDB = 306785
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Intro Ming dynasty person CBDB = 306785
Countries China
Gender male
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Biography

Zhao Fu (趙旉; 23 July 1127 – 28 July 1129) was the only son of Emperor Gaozong. He was Emperor of the Song dynasty for only 25 days before being deposed by a group of soldiers loyal to Emperor Gaozong.

Life

On March 26, 1129, Zhao Fu gained his throne to a mutiny that was instigated by the palace guards led by Miao Fu (苗傅) and Liu Zhengyan (劉正彥) then forced Gaozong to abdicate in favor of his one-year-old son Zhao Fu who ruled with the era name Mingshou. Zhao Fu was merely a figure head as Miao, Liu, and the regent the former Empress Meng were the real power behind the throne.

Deposal

On April 20, 1129, Miao and Liu was defeated by Gaozong's loyal army led by Han Shizhong and were both executed for treason. Empress Meng stepped down from the regency and Zhao Fu himself would be forced to abdicate to Emperor Gaozong having ruled for 25 days.

Death

Zhao Fu suffered a seizure after his deposal and died.

Legacy

His death forced Emperor Gaozong to look for a suitable heir from Emperor Taizu's line as most of Emperor Taizong's descendants were taken in the Jingkang Incident. The mutiny would cause Emperor Gaozong to move his capital to Jiankang.

Zhao Fu is not usually considered a Song emperor by traditional historians, nor was his era name recognised due to his 25-day reign. His death forced Emperor Gaozong to look for a suitable heir from Emperor Taizu's line as most of Emperor Taizong's descendants were taken in the Jingkang Incident. The mutiny would cause Emperor Gaozong to move his capital to Jiankang.

Footnotes

  1. ^ Song Shi (卷25)
  2. ^ Bo (1977), pp. 941–942.
  3. ^ John W. Chaffee: Branches of Heaven: A History of the Imperial Clan of Sung China
  4. ^ 105.
  5. ^ Tao 2009, p. 652.
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