Emperor Xuan of Han

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Han Xuandi (漢宣帝)
Family name:Liu (劉 li)
Given name:Bingyi (病已 bngyĭ)
Posthumous name:
(full)
Xiaoxuan (孝宣, xio xuān)
"filial and proclaimed"
Posthumous name:
<center>(short)
Xuan (宣, xuān)
"proclaimed"

Emperor Xuan of Han (91 BC49 BC) was an emperor of the Chinese Han Dynasty from 74 BC to 49 BC.

Emperor Xuan was the great grandson of Emperor Wu. His grandfather, Liu Ju was once the crown prince of Emperor Wu but in 91 BC he was accused of voodoo practice aganist the Emperor and was executed along with Xuan's father Liu Jin. Xuan was only an infant at the time and hence he was spared but was banished to live as a commoner.

After Emperor He's short reign of only 27 days in 74 BC, Xuan was declared emperor by Huo Guang (the nephew of Huo Qubing). Emperor Xuan has been considered a hardworking and brilliant emperor. Because Xuan grew up as a commoner, he thoroughly understood the suffering of his people. He lowered taxes, liberalized the government and employed capable ministers to the government. In addition Xuan reinforced the Confucianism creed and consolidated his power by eliminating corrupt officials, namely the Huo family which have exerted considerable power since the death of Emperor Wu.

Under Emperor Xuan, the Han dynasty prospered economically and militarily. His rule lasted 25 years and he died in 49 BC. He was succeeded by his son.


Era names

Personal information

Father Prince Shi, son of Liu Ju, crown prince of Emperor Wu
Mother
Wife

Empress Xu (poisoned by Empress Huo 71 BC)
Empress Huo

Empress Wang (d. 16 BC)
Children at least 1 son

See also


Preceded by:
Prince He of Changyi
Emperor of the Han Dynasty
74 BC49 BC
Succeeded by:
Emperor Yuan of Han

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