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Xizong
(December 23, 1605 - September 30, 1627) China

Xizong

Ming emperor

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In 1627, Emperor Xizong passed away and was buried in the Deling Mausoleum. He ordered his fifth younger brother Zhu Youjian to be his successor in the imperial edict before his death. It was Emperor Sizong (Namely Emperor Chongzhen).

Born Zhu Youjiao, he was the Emperor Guangzong's eldest son. He was emperor of China (Ming dynasty) from 1620 to 1627. His reign title was Tianqi.

Zhu Youxiao became emperor as a teenager and did not give much attention to affairs of state, giving the actual power to the eunuch Wei Zhongxian and Madam Ke.

During his reign, it was a period full of national crises with peasant uprising inside the country and invasion outside from Jin army.

However, Emperor Xizong took a fancy to the carpentry work, busy with ax, saw and plane all the day. He put all his attention on building small palaces and little carpentry, with not the slightest attention left for national affairs and becoming a "carpentry emperor". He divided his attentions between two palaces, one for his female lovers, and nother for his male lovers.

In 1627, Emperor Xizong passed away and was buried in the Deling Mausoleum. He ordered his fifth younger brother Zhu Youjian to be his successor in the imperial edict before his death. It was Emperor Sizong (Namely Emperor Chongzhen).

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Source: Louis Crompton, Homosexuality and Civilization - et alii

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