Consort Donggo

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Consort Donggo
董鄂妃.jpg
Born 1639
Died September 23, 1660(1660-09-23) (aged 21)[1]
Spouse Shunzhi Emperor
Issue Prince Rong of the First Rank (5 November 1657 – 25 February 1658)
Posthumous name
Empress Xiaoxian Zhuanghe Zhide Xuanren Wenhui Duanjing
孝獻莊和至德宣仁溫惠端敬皇后
Consort Donggo
Chinese 董鄂妃

Consort Donggo (1639 – 23 September 1660) was a concubine of the Shunzhi Emperor of the Qing dynasty. She is sometimes confused with Dong Xiaowan (董小宛), a courtesan who lived in the late Ming dynasty and early Qing dynasty.

Life[edit]

Consort Donggo was born in the Manchu Donggo (董鄂) clan, which was under the Plain White Banner of the Eight Banners. Her father was Eshuo (鄂碩), who served as an Interior Minister in the Qing imperial court, while her mother was Han Chinese. Her ancestral home was in Liaoning.

Consort Donggo entered the Forbidden City at the age of 18 and was deeply loved and favored by the Shunzhi Emperor. She was granted the title "Consort Xian" (賢妃) in August 1656. She was further elevated to the status of "Imperial Noble Consort" (皇貴妃) in January 1657.[2] The Shunzhi Emperor held a grand ceremony for the promotion of Consort Donggo and proclaimed an amnesty.[2]

Consort Donggo gave birth to a son in 1657 but he died before reaching one year of age. The premature death of their son had a great impact on Consort Donggo and the Shunzhi Emperor. Consort Donggo fell ill and died in 1660 at the age of 21. The Shunzhi Emperor was so overwhelmed with grief that he stopped attending daily court meetings for five days to mourn Consort Donggo. It was also said that the Shunzhi Emperor was so depressed that he wanted to commit suicide, and his subjects had to watch over him every day for fear of his safety.[3]

Two days after her death, Consort Donggo was posthumously granted the title of Empress, an uncommon gesture.[4] She was interred in the Eastern Qing tombs.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Draft History of Qing, ch. 5 ("Basic Annals 5" [本紀]), p. 160; date indicated as SZ17.8.壬寅 (19th day of that month).
  2. ^ a b Draft History of Qing, ch. 5 ("Basic Annals 5" [本紀]), p. 147. The date is indicated as the jimao 己卯 day of the 12th month of the 13th year of Shunzhi.
  3. ^ Li Lanqin 李兰琴, Tang Ruowang zhuan 汤若望传 [Biography of Tang Ruowang (Adam Schall)], Dongfang chubanshe 东方出版社, 1995.
  4. ^ Draft History of Qing, ch. 5 ("Basic Annals 5" [本紀]), p. 160; date indicated as SZ17.8.甲辰 (21st day of that month).
Chinese royalty
Preceded by
Empress Xiaokangzhang
Empress of China
Posthumous
Succeeded by
Empress Xiaochengren