Southern dynasty

Xi Hui 郗徽

Below is a Google translation of this empress’ Wikipedia page in Chinese.

Xi Hui (468-499), a native of Jinxiang County, Gaoping County (now Jinxiang County, Shandong Province), was the wife of Xiao Yan, Emperor Liangwu, the founding emperor of Liang Dynasty in the Southern Dynasty, and the daughter of Prince Sheren Xi Ye. Her mother was Song Dynasty. Princess Xunyang, the daughter of Emperor Wen Liu Yilong.

Xi Hui was born in the Xi family of Gaoping. He was smart since he was a child, good at writing official script and good at reading history and biographies. The female celebrities are very skilled in everything, but they are too jealous. In the last year of Jianyuan, she married Xiao Yan and gave birth to three daughters, Princess Yongxing Xiao Yuyao, Princess Yongshi Xiao Yuwan, and Princess Yongkang Xiao Yuhuan.

He died in the first year of Yongyuan (499) at the age of thirty-two and was buried in Lishan, Dongcheng, Wujin County, Nandonghai County, South Xuzhou. In the second year of Zhongxing (502), Xiao Yan was granted the title of Duke Liang, and Xi Hui was given the posthumous title of Duke Liang’s concubine. In the same year, Xiao Yan was enthroned by Zen and established the Liang Dynasty in the Southern Dynasty. He posthumously named Xi Hui as Empress De, and the mausoleum was called Xiuling. Xiao Yan missed her and did not establish a queen since then.

Artist’s Note


Emperor Wu of Liang

Emperor Wu of Liang, also known as Xiao Yan, was the founding emperor of the Liang dynasty during the Northern and Southern dynasties period in China. His reign was marked by stability and prosperity, and he implemented reforms such as establishing universities and extending civil service exams. Despite being Confucian in governance, he embraced Buddhism and advocated for animal rights and against executions. However, his leniency towards corruption within his clan and officials led to the rebellion of General Hou Jing. After being captured by Hou, Emperor Wu died in captivity, reportedly from hunger and thirst after being denied honey.

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