King Ling of Zhou

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King Ling of Zhou
King of China
Reign 571–545 BC
Predecessor King Jian of Zhou
Successor King Jing of Zhou (Gui)
Died 545 BC
Issue Ji Jin
King Jing of Zhou (Gui)
Full name
Ancestral name: (姬)
Given name: Xìexīn (泄心)
House Zhou Dynasty
Father King Jian of Zhou

King Ling of Zhou (Chinese: 周靈王; pinyin: Zhōu Líng Wáng) was the twenty-third king of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty[1] and the eleventh of Eastern Zhou.[2] He died in 545 BC.[3]

In the twenty-first year of his reign, Confucius was born.[4]

His successor was his son King Jing of Zhou (Gui).

His other son was the Crown prince Ji Jin (姬晉).[5] Empress Wu Zetian claimed that her lover Zhang Changzong was a reincarnation of Ji Jin.


  1. ^ 大成 (Great perfection: religion and ethnicity in a Chinese millennial kingdom = Da-Cheng) by Terry F. Kleeman. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
  2. ^ Sima Qian: Records of the Grand Historian
  3. ^ Michael Loewe and Edward L. Shaughnessy: The Cambridge history of ancient China: from the origins of civilization to 221 B.C.
  4. ^ Shiqiu Liang and Dazun Chen: From a cottager's sketchbook/[Ya she xiao pin xuan ji/Liang Shiqiu zhu; Chen Dazun Ying yi]. See this page.
  5. ^ Chunjiang Fu: Origins of Chinese names. See this page.
King Ling of Zhou
Died: 545 BC
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King Jian of Zhou
King of China
571–545 BC
Succeeded by
King Jing of Zhou (Gui)