Behind the throne of Tang is where the true power lies in the mid-9th century, among squabbling bureaucrats, shadowy factions, and conniving eunuchs. But this game of shadows is difficult to follow. Nevertheless, when events reach a head in 835 we’ll need to know how all the pieces on the imperial chessboard got where they are, and so we take a look at the real movers and shakers of the late Tang court.
Time Period Covered:
Major Historical Figures:
Emperor Xianzong of Tang (Li Chun) [r. 805-820]
Emperor Muzong of Tang (Li Heng/You) [r. 820-824]
Emperor Jingzong of Tang (Li Zhan) [r. 824-827]
Emperor Wenzong of Tang (Li Han/Ang) [r. 827-840]
Crowned Prince Li Yong [d. 838]
Emperor Wuzong (Li Chan) [r. 840-846]
Niu Faction Officials:
Niu Sengru, Duke of Qizhang
Li Xun [d. 835]
Li Faction Officials:
Li Jifu, Duke of Wei [d. 814]
Li Deyu, Duke of Wei
Zheng Zhu [d. 835]
Wang Shucheng [d. 835]
Qiu Shiliang, Duke of Chu
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