Hongzhi Emperor

1470 - 1505

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The Hongzhi Emperor (Chinese: 弘治; pinyin: Hóngzhì) (30 July 1470 – 9 June 1505) was the 10th Emperor of the Ming dynasty, reigned from 1487 to 1505. Born Zhu Youcheng, he was the eldest surviving son of the Chenghua Emperor and his reign as emperor of China is called the "Hongzhi Silver Age". His era name, "Hongzhi", means "great government." A peace-loving emperor, the Hongzhi Emperor also had only one empress and no concubines, granting him the distinction of being the sole perpetually monogamous emperor in Chinese history, besides Emperor Fei. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hongzhi Emperor has received more than 239,070 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Hongzhi Emperor is the 1,881st most popular politician (down from 1,790th in 2019), the 145th most popular biography from China (down from 141st in 2019) and the 93rd most popular Chinese Politician.

The Hongzhi Emperor was most famous for his abilities in poetry and calligraphy.

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Among politicians, Hongzhi Emperor ranks 1,881 out of 15,710Before him are Otto Strasser, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Afonso II of Portugal, Emperor Huizong of Song, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, and Canute IV of Denmark. After him are Sancho I of Portugal, Prince Marko, Marie Thérèse Louise of Savoy, Princesse de Lamballe, Titus Tatius, Amasis II, and Karl Hanke.

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Among people born in 1470, Hongzhi Emperor ranks 7Before him are Selim I, Edward V of England, Charles VIII of France, Piri Reis, Isabella of Aragon, Queen of Portugal, and Martin Waldseemüller. After him are Catherine of Navarre, György Dózsa, Pietro Bembo, Francis, Count of Vendôme, Isabella of Aragon, Duchess of Milan, and Juan Díaz de Solís. Among people deceased in 1505, Hongzhi Emperor ranks 3Before him are Ivan III of Russia and Joan of France, Duchess of Berry. After him are Al-Suyuti, Jacob Obrecht, Heinrich Kramer, Elizabeth of Austria, Ercole I d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Ascanio Sforza, Johannes Widmann, and Jean Hey.

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Among people born in China, Hongzhi Emperor ranks 145 out of 1,186Before him are Zhang Liao (169), King Wu of Zhou (-1150), Shen Kuo (1031), Bai Qi (-250), Emperor Huizong of Song (1082), and Bai Juyi (772). After him are Di Renjie (630), Gwanggaeto the Great (374), Diaochan (null), Han Xin (-231), Songtsen Gampo (604), and Jiang Wei (202).


Among politicians born in China, Hongzhi Emperor ranks 93Before him are Yu the Great (-2123), 1st Dalai Lama (1391), Li Keqiang (1955), Wang Zhaojun (-50), King Wu of Zhou (-1150), and Emperor Huizong of Song (1082). After him are Di Renjie (630), Gwanggaeto the Great (374), Diaochan (null), Songtsen Gampo (604), Wang Jingwei (1883), and Taichang Emperor (1582).