Hồ Quý Ly
|King of Đại Ngu|
|Reign||1400 – 1401|
|Full name||Real name(s):
Lê Quý Ly
Hồ Lý Nguyên
Hồ Quý Ly
|Successor||Hồ Hán Thương|
|Consort to||Nhân Vinh (? - 12/1370)
Huy Ninh (after 05/1371), daughter of Trần Minh Tông
|Children||Hồ Nguyên Trừng, unknown who is the mother.
Hồ Hán Thương, son of Princess Huy Ninh.
Princess Thánh Ngẫu, daughter of Princess Huy Ninh; later as Empress Khâm Thánh of Trần Thuận Tông.
Hồ Quý Ly (胡季犛; 1336–1407), also called Lê Quý Ly (黎季犛), was the founder and first king (1400–01) of the Hồ Dynasty of Vietnam, who rose from the post as a mandarin under Trần Dynasty. His reigning title was Thánh Nguyên.
In 1400, Hồ Quý Ly dethroned the last Trần king and declared himself king, establishing the Hồ Dynasty and renaming the country from Đại Việt to Đại Ngu. During his reign, he made several significant economic and administrative reforms. Back in 1396, he had paper money issued and the circulation of bronze coins banned. In 1397, he had the policy on land limits promulgated, stipulating the area of land to be owned by aristocrats, mandarins and landlords; he ordered to use chữ Nôm as official writing system instead of chữ Hán among others.
Hồ Quý Ly failed to rally his subjects in the war of resistance against attack by Ming's forces. In 1401, he abdicated in favor of his second son Hồ Hán Thương. He was captured in Thien Cam cave and was escorted to China. He was forced to enroll in the Chinese army as a common soldier, where he died. His son, Hồ Hán Thương was appointed a post of mandarin in the Ming court.
Ho Quy Ly has been a subject of controversial debates among Vietnamese historians, some have highly valued his radical thought, while others have regarded him as a guilty usurper. He ordered the construction of a citadel in Thanh Hoa Province in preparation for the prospective resistance to Ming forces. The remnants of this citadel are included in UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites.
See also 
- Anh Tuấn Hoàng Silk for Silver: Dutch-Vietnamese Relations, 1637-1700 2007 Page 18 "By the end of the following century, however, the Trần had declined and the dynasty was eventually usurped by Hồ Quý Ly, who founded the Hồ Dynasty in 1400 but failed to preserve independence of the country from Ming invasion ..."
- Corbin, Justin, The History of Vietnam, 2008, p. 10–11.
- Patricia M. Pelley Postcolonial Vietnam: New Histories of the National Past 2002 Page 151 "The combination of the Trần court's incompetence and the treachery of Hồ Quý Ly, who first inserted himself in the royal family and then, in 1400, usurped the throne, provided the Ming Chinese with a pretext to invade."
Hồ Quý Ly
Trần Thiếu Đế
(as King of the Trần Dynasty
|King of Đại Ngu
Hồ Hán Thương
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