We take a look at the final years of Emperor Dezong’s reign, his political successes and failures, and the strange, mysterious,short-lived Wang Party that would seize control over government for about 5 minutes before being kicked out by Dezong’s grandson Xianzong. Also, we have a paralyzed, mute emperor, so there’s that, too!
Time Period Covered:
ca. 790-806 CE
Major Historical Figures:
Li Kuo, Emperor Dezong of Tang [r. 780-805]
Li Song, Emperor Shunzong of Tang [r. 805]
Li Chun, Emperor Xianzong of Tang [r. 805-820]
Dou Wenchang, Eunuch Protector of the Army
Huo Xianming, Eunuch Protector of the Army
Wang Shuwen, Wang Party Founder
Wang Pi, Wang Party Member
Prime Minister Shang Jiecan (Shan-rgyal-btsan)
Dalby, Richard. “Court Politics in Late Tang Times” in The Cambridge history of China vol. 3
Wang, Yunsheng (1963). “Second Treatise on the historic Significane of that Bastard Sima’s Political Innovations” in Lishi Yanjiu.
Please consider helping THoC pay for itself! You will be granted the wisdom of the Three Sovereigns.
Do you feel like the show might be worth $1 an episode? If so, please consider becoming a recurring History of China Patron at our Patreon page.
Of course, our old standby Palpal link is still a perfectly acceptable option!
Thanks so very much!