King Xiaowen of Qin
|King Xiaowen of Qin
|Reign||13 September 250 BC – 15 September 250 BC|
|Died||250 BC (aged 51–52)|
|Spouse||Queen Dowager Huayang
Queen Dowager Xia
|Issue||King Zhuangxiang of Qin|
|Father||King Zhaoxiang of Qin|
|Mother||Queen Dowager Tang|
He was a king of the Qin for less than one year, and died three days after his coronation.
This gave rise to many theories as to his short reign. The most accepted one is that he was very old when he ascended to the throne (his father ruled for over 50 years).
However, there is a conspiracy theory: that Lü Buwei poisoned the king or at least hastened his death, to put the next king, King Zhuangxiang of Qin onto the throne. This is supported in a way by the fact that Zhuangxiang reigned for only 3 years.
Wives of Xiaowen were Ladies Huayang and Xia.
Lady Huayang was the favourite wife of Xiaowen and had great influence on him.
- Nicola Di Cosmo, The Northern Frontier in Pre-Imperial China//The Cambridge History of Ancient China, p. 961
- Sellman, James D. "The Spring and Autumn Annals of Master Lu", in Great Thinkers of the Eastern World, Ian McGreal, ed. New York: Harper Collins, 1995:39.
- ‘‘Records of the Grand Historian: Qin Dynasty (English translation). (1996). Ssu-Ma, Ch'ien. Sima, Qian. Burton Watson as translator. Edition: 3, reissue, revised. Columbia. University Press. ISBN 0231081693, 9780231081696. pg 35. pg 59.
King Xiaowen of QinDied: 250 BC
|King of Qin