Emperor Ningzong

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Zhao Kuo
Song Ningzong.jpg
Reign 24 July 1194 – 17 September 1224
Predecessor Emperor Guangzong
Successor Emperor Lizong
Born 19 November 1168
Died 17 September 1224 (aged 56)
Spouse Empress Gongshu 恭淑皇后
Empress Gongsheng 恭聖皇后
Consort Cao, concubine
Issue 9 princes, all died young
Princess Qi
Full name
Family name: Zhao 趙
Given name: Kuo 擴
Posthumous name
Emperor Fatian Bidao Chunde Maogong Renwen Zhewu Shenrui Gongxiao 法天備道純德茂功仁文哲武聖睿恭孝皇帝
Temple name
Ningzong 寧宗
Father Emperor Guangzong of Song

Emperor Ningzong (Wade-Giles spelling: Emperor Ning-tsung; Chinese: 寧宗; 19 November 1168 – 17 September 1224) was the 13th emperor of the Song Dynasty who reigned from 1194 to 1224. His temple name means "Tranquil Ancestor". His reign was noted for the cultural and intellectual achievements. In particular, Zhu Xi wrote some of his most famous works during this period. However, Ningzong personally was known for aversion to the daoxue spread at court.

On the political side however, Emperor Ningzong saw his government being plagued by rising inflation that threatened the economy and the military advances by the Jurchen people from the north during the Jin–Song wars.

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Emperor Ningzong
Born: 1168 Died: 1224
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Emperor Guangzong
Emperor of the Song Dynasty
Succeeded by
Emperor Lizong