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Zhengde Emperor

1491 - 1521

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The Zhengde Emperor (Chinese: 正德帝; pinyin: Zhèngdé Dì; 26 October 1491 – 20 April 1521) was the 11th Emperor of the Ming dynasty, reigned from 1505 to 1521. Born Zhu Houzhao, he was the Hongzhi Emperor's eldest son. Zhu Houzhao took the throne at only 14 with the era name Zhengde, meaning "right virtue" or "rectification of virtue". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zhengde Emperor has received more than 343,682 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 35 in 2019). Zhengde Emperor is the 1,899th most popular politician (down from 1,736th in 2019), the 146th most popular biography from China (down from 129th in 2019) and the 96th most popular Chinese Politician.

The Zhengde Emperor was most famous for his extravagant and debauched lifestyle. He was also known for his interest in Taoism and Buddhism.

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Among politicians, Zhengde Emperor ranks 1,899 out of 15,577Before him are Rafic Hariri, King Elah, Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy, Maria Sophie of Bavaria, Alfonso II of Aragon, and Amenmesse. After him are Alassane Ouattara, Karl Hanke, William IV, Prince of Orange, Pleistarchus, Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem, and Baldwin III of Jerusalem.

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Among people born in 1491, Zhengde Emperor ranks 4Before him are Henry VIII of England, Ignatius of Loyola, and Jacques Cartier. After him are Francesco Melzi, Martin Bucer, Lapu-Lapu, Suzanne, Duchess of Bourbon, Nicolò da Ponte, Francisco de Sá de Miranda, and Teofilo Folengo. Among people deceased in 1521, Zhengde Emperor ranks 6Before him are Ferdinand Magellan, Pope Leo X, Manuel I of Portugal, Josquin des Prez, and Juan Ponce de León. After him are Sebastian Brant, Christina of Saxony, Leonardo Loredan, Suzanne, Duchess of Bourbon, Francisco Serrão, and Raffaele Riario.

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Among people born in China, Zhengde Emperor ranks 146 out of 1,392Before him are Emperor Hui of Han (-210), King Wen of Zhou (-1112), Bai Qi (-250), Li Keqiang (1955), Luo Guanzhong (1330), and Zhang Yimou (1950). After him are Wang Wei (699), Faxian (340), Mo Yan (1955), Hyeonjong of Joseon (1641), Wen Jiabao (1942), and Pang Tong (179).


Among politicians born in China, Zhengde Emperor ranks 96Before him are Emperor Ruizong of Tang (662), Hong Xiuquan (1814), Songtsen Gampo (604), Emperor Hui of Han (-210), King Wen of Zhou (-1112), and Li Keqiang (1955). After him are Hyeonjong of Joseon (1641), Wen Jiabao (1942), Pang Tong (179), Emperor Taizong of Song (939), Emperor Shenzong of Song (1048), and 1st Dalai Lama (1391).