Patricia Buckley Ebrey's Emperor Huizong PDF

By Patricia Buckley Ebrey

ISBN-10: 0674725255

ISBN-13: 9780674725256

China used to be the main complex nation on this planet while Huizong ascended the throne in 1100 CE. Artistically proficient, he guided the tune Dynasty towards cultural greatness yet is understood to posterity as a political failure who misplaced the throne to Jurchen invaders and died their prisoner. during this finished biography, Patricia Ebrey corrects the present view of Huizong as decadent and negligent, recasting him as a ruler formidable in pursuing glory for his flourishing realm.

After a rocky commence attempting to triumph over political animosities at courtroom, Huizong became his realization to the great he may well do. He drastically accelerated the court's charitable ventures, founding colleges, hospitals, orphanages, and paupers' cemeteries. Surrounding himself with poets, painters, and musicians, he outfitted palaces, temples, and gardens of unsurpassed beauty. frequently ignored, in spite of the fact that, is the significance of Daoism in Huizong's lifestyles. He handled religious masters with nice deference, wrote scriptural commentaries, and recommended his matters to undertake his ideals and practices. This devotion to the Daoist imaginative and prescient of sacred kingship finally alienated the Confucian mainstream and compromised Huizong's skill to manipulate. Ebrey's full of life biography provides new dimensions of figuring out to a passionate, paradoxical ruler who, many centuries later, conjures up either admiration and disapproval.

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