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The Resource Emperor Huizong, Patricia Buckley Ebrey

Emperor Huizong, Patricia Buckley Ebrey

Label
Emperor Huizong
Title
Emperor Huizong
Statement of responsibility
Patricia Buckley Ebrey
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
China was the most advanced country in the world when Huizong ascended the throne in 1100 CE. In his eventful twenty-six-year reign, the artistically gifted emperor guided the Song Dynasty toward cultural greatness. Yet Huizong would be known to posterity as a political failure who lost the throne to Jurchen invaders and died their prisoner. The first comprehensive English-language biography of this important monarch, Emperor Huizong is a nuanced portrait that corrects the prevailing view of Huizong as decadent and negligent. Patricia Ebrey recasts him as a ruler genuinely ambitious--if too much so--in pursuing glory for his flourishing realm. After a rocky start trying to overcome political animosities at court, Huizong turned his attention to the good he could do. He greatly expanded the court's charitable ventures, founding schools, hospitals, orphanages, and paupers' cemeteries. An accomplished artist, he surrounded himself with outstanding poets, painters, and musicians and built palaces, temples, and gardens of unsurpassed splendor. What is often overlooked, Ebrey points out, is the importance of religious Daoism in Huizong's understanding of his role. He treated Daoist spiritual masters with great deference, wrote scriptural commentaries, and urged his subjects to adopt his beliefs and practices. This devotion to the Daoist vision of sacred kingship eventually alienated the Confucian mainstream and compromised his ability to govern. Readers will welcome this lively biography, which adds new dimensions to our understanding of a passionate and paradoxical ruler who, so many centuries later, continues to inspire both admiration and disapproval. --Amazon.com
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ebrey, Patricia Buckley
Dewey number
  • 951/.024092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS751.6.S97
LC item number
E37 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Song Huizong
  • China
Label
Emperor Huizong, Patricia Buckley Ebrey
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
I. Learning to rule, 1082-1108. Growing up in the palace, 1082-1099 ; Taking the throne, 1100 ; Trying for balance, 1101-1108 -- II. Striving for magnificence, 1102-1112. Placing faith in Daoism, 1100-1110 ; Embracing and revitalizing tradition ; Welcoming masters and experts ; Crafting an image as an artist -- III. Anticipating great things, 1107-1120. Pursuing the monumental ; Finding pleasure in court and palace life ; Working with councilors ; Accepting divine revelations, 1110-1119 ; Allying with Jin -- IV. Confronting failure, 1121-1135. Adjusting to military setbacks, 1121-1125 ; Abdicating the throne, 1125-1126 ; Losing everything, 1126-1127 ; Enduring captivity, 1127-1135 -- Afterword -- Appendix A. Reasons for rejecting some common stories about Huizong and his court -- Appendix B. Huizong's consorts and their children -- Timeline
Control code
840460698
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxix, 661 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674725256
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013017623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)840460698
Label
Emperor Huizong, Patricia Buckley Ebrey
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
I. Learning to rule, 1082-1108. Growing up in the palace, 1082-1099 ; Taking the throne, 1100 ; Trying for balance, 1101-1108 -- II. Striving for magnificence, 1102-1112. Placing faith in Daoism, 1100-1110 ; Embracing and revitalizing tradition ; Welcoming masters and experts ; Crafting an image as an artist -- III. Anticipating great things, 1107-1120. Pursuing the monumental ; Finding pleasure in court and palace life ; Working with councilors ; Accepting divine revelations, 1110-1119 ; Allying with Jin -- IV. Confronting failure, 1121-1135. Adjusting to military setbacks, 1121-1125 ; Abdicating the throne, 1125-1126 ; Losing everything, 1126-1127 ; Enduring captivity, 1127-1135 -- Afterword -- Appendix A. Reasons for rejecting some common stories about Huizong and his court -- Appendix B. Huizong's consorts and their children -- Timeline
Control code
840460698
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxix, 661 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780674725256
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013017623
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(OCoLC)840460698

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