Zhengde Emperor

1491 - 1521

Photo of Zhengde Emperor

Icon of person Zhengde Emperor

The Zhengde Emperor (Chinese: 正德帝; pinyin: Zhèngdé Dì; 27 October 1491 – 20 April 1521), who 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 293,710 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Zhengde Emperor is the 1,739th most popular politician (up from 1,823rd in 2019), the 129th most popular biography from China and the 83rd 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.

Memorability Metrics

  • 290k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 73.69

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 35

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.42

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.30

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Zhengde Emperors by language


Among politicians, Zhengde Emperor ranks 1,739 out of 15,710Before him are Kubrat, Carinus, Constans, Henry, King of Portugal, William V, Prince of Orange, and Maria II of Portugal. After him are Jehoash of Judah, Temür Khan, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, Shepseskaf, Frederick Augustus I of Saxony, and Athalaric.

Most Popular Politicians in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


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, Suzanne, Duchess of Bourbon, Leonardo Loredan, Francisco Serrão, and Raffaele Riario.

Others Born in 1491

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1521

Go to all Rankings

In China

Among people born in China, Zhengde Emperor ranks 129 out of 1,186Before him are Hu Yaobang (1915), Emperor Jing of Han (-188), I. M. Pei (1917), Yue Fei (1142), Emperor Ruizong of Tang (662), and Emperor Wen of Han (-202). After him are Temür Khan (1265), Mo Yan (1955), Liu Shan (207), Ma Chao (176), Wang Wei (699), and Yu the Great (-2123).


Among politicians born in China, Zhengde Emperor ranks 83Before him are Li Xiannian (1909), Emperor Zhongzong of Tang (656), Hu Yaobang (1915), Emperor Jing of Han (-188), Emperor Ruizong of Tang (662), and Emperor Wen of Han (-202). After him are Temür Khan (1265), Liu Shan (207), Ma Chao (176), Yu the Great (-2123), 1st Dalai Lama (1391), and Li Keqiang (1955).