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Emperor Han Shangdi of China

Han Shangdi (漢殤帝 han4 shang1 di4) born as Liu Long (劉隆 liu3 long2), was the fifth emperor of the Chinese Eastern Han Dynasty.

Born in September or October 105 and put on the throne by Empress Dowager Deng (but not his mother) of his father[?] when he was only 100 days of age. The child was chosen over two older brothers of Liu Long, who were born from a consort. This was done to prolong the rule of the Empress-dowager’s family. Knowing that a child, let alone a baby could not rule, the Han Empress’ power would be solidified.

The Queen also brought up Liu Hu (劉祜 liu3 hu4), twelve-year-old cousin of Shangdi and future Han Andi[?], in the palace, to be the successor of the throne in case of anything happened to the baby emperor. Liu Hu acceded when Shangdi passed away in August or September 106. Dowager Deng still remained as regent.


See also: Chinese History -- Han Dynasty



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