Emperor Shenzong of Western Xia

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Li Zunxu
Retired Emperor
Emperor of Western Xia
Reign 1211–1223
Retired Emperor of China
Reign 1124–1126
Predecessor Emperor Modi of Western Liao
Successor Emperor Yingzong of Ming
Born 1163
Died 1226 (aged 62–63)
Posthumous name
Emperor Yinwen 英文皇帝
Temple name
Shenzong 神宗

Shenzong, né Li Zunxu, was emperor of Western Xia from 1211 to 1223. He lived from 1163 to 1226.

Shenzong took power after a coup d'état and continued Xiangzong's policy of invading Jin Empire. He started many campaigns against Jin before the Jin Emperor counterattacked, killing many Western Xia soldiers. However, Shenzong continued to attack Jin despite the poor economy, causing high discontent among his people complaining of high taxes. He did not listen to those who advised peace with Jin Empire, and Western Xia sped up its decline. He passed power onto his son Lǐ Déwàng in 1223, and died in 1226.