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Encyclopedia > Empress Song (Ling)

Empress Song (宋皇后, personal name unknown) (d. 178) was an empress during Han Dynasty. She was Emperor Ling's first wife, who later became a victim of the powerful eunuchs. Events First condemnation of the Montanist heresy Last (7th) year of Xiping era and start of Guanghe era of the Chinese Han Dynasty. ... Emperor is also a Norwegian black metal band; see Emperor (band). ... Han commanderies and kingdoms AD 2. ... Emperor Ling of Han, trad. ... Chinese Eunuchs A eunuch is an infertile human male whose testicles have either been removed (deliberately or by accident) or are otherwise non-functional. ...


Family background and marriage to Emperor Ling

The later Empress Song was born into a clan that was honored, but not particularly powerful, during the Eastern Han Dynasty. Her father Song Feng (宋酆) was a grandnephew of Consort Song, the imperial consort of Emperor Zhang who gave birth to his first crown prince Liu Qing. During the early reign of Emperor Ling, he served as the commander of the capital (Luoyang) defense forces. Her aunt was the wife of Prince Liu Li (劉悝) of Bohai, the brother of Emperor Ling's predecessor Emperor Huan. Emperor Zhang of Han, ch. ... A Crown Prince or Crown Princess is the heir or heiress apparent to the throne in a royal or imperial monarchy. ... Luoyang (Simplified Chinese: 洛阳; Traditional Chinese: 洛陽; pinyin: ) is a prefecture-level city in western Henan province, Peoples Republic of China. ... Emperor Huan of Han, ch. ...


In 170, Lady Song was selected to be an imperial consort. In 171, even though she was not a favored consort, she was created empress, perhaps because of her noble lineage. Her father Song Feng was created a marquess. For other uses, see number 170. ... Events Marcomanni were finally defeated by Marcus Aurelius Births Deaths Category: ...


Fall and death

As stated, however, Empress Song never had Emperor Ling's favor. Therefore, the concubines who wanted to replace her often defamed her. In 172, an incident occurred that would have great negative implications for her -- the powerful eunuch Wang Fu (王甫), after Prince Li of Bohai failed to pay him bribes that had been promised him, falsely accused Prince Li of treason. Prince Li was forced to commit suicide, and his entire household -- including his wife -- was executed. Thereafter, Wang and his confederates became constantly concerned that if Empress Song became powerful, she would avenge her aunt. They therefore joined with the concubines to falsely accuse her of witchcraft against Emperor Ling's life. In 178, Emperor Ling finally believed them and deposed Empress Song. Empress Song was imprisoned and died in despair. Her father Song Feng and her brothers were all executed. Some of the eunuchs not involved in the plot who took pity on the late empress gathered her body and those of her family members and gave them proper burials, but as commoners. Concubinage is either the state of a couple living together as lovers with no obligation created by vows, legal marriage, or religious ceremony, or the state of a woman supported by a male lover who is married to, and usually living with, someone else. ... Events Last (5th) year of Jianning era and start of Xiping era of the Chinese Han Dynasty. ... Events First condemnation of the Montanist heresy Last (7th) year of Xiping era and start of Guanghe era of the Chinese Han Dynasty. ...

Preceded by:
Empress Dou Miao
Empress of Eastern Han Dynasty
171178
Succeeded by:
Empress He

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Empress He (Ling) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1276 words)
Unlike most Han Dynasty empresses, Empress He was not from a noble family; rather, her father He Zhen (何真) was a butcher in Nanyang (南陽, in modern Nanyang, Henan).
Empress He became empress dowager, and she and He Jin became the key power at court, although a number of the eunuchs remained very powerful.
Emperor Ling's mother, Grand Empress Dowager Dong, and her nephew Dong Chong (董重) were displeased at the Hes' power grab, and Grand Empress Dowager Dong often argued with Empress Dowager He, once threatening to have Dong Chong decapitate He Jin.
Emperor Ling of Han - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1827 words)
When Emperor Huan died in 168 without a son to be heir, his wife Empress Dou Miao became empress dowager and regent, and she examined the rolls of the imperial clan to consider the next emperor.
Because Emperor Ling had, earlier in his life, frequently lost sons in childhood, he later believed that his sons needed to be raised outside the palace by foster parents.
When Emperor Ling died later that year, a powerful eunuch that he trusted, Jian Shuo, wanted to first kill Empress He's brother He Jin and then make Prince Xie emperor, and therefore set up a trap at a meeting he was to have with He.
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