King Yi of Zhou (Jian)

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Not to be confused with King Yi of Zhou (Xie).
King Yi of Zhou
King of China
Reign 899–892 BC
Predecessor King Gong of Zhou
Successor King Xiao of Zhou
Died 892 BC
Issue King Yí of Zhou
Full name
Ancestral name: (姬)
Given name: Jiān (囏)
House Zhou Dynasty
Father King Gong of Zhou

King Yì of Zhou (Chinese: 周懿王; pinyin: Zhōu Yì Wáng) was the seventh king of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty.[1] Estimated dates of his reign are 899–892 BC or 899–873 BC.[2]

His reign is poorly documented. The first year of his reign is confirmed by a solar eclipse on April 21, 899. He was followed on the throne by his uncle King Xiao of Zhou who was followed by King Yi's son King Yi of Zhou (Xie) who was restored by the many lords. He is said to have moved from the capital to a place called Huaili. This hints that he was removed from power by his uncle, but the matter is uncertain.[3][4] Yi’s grandson was King Li of Zhou.[5]


  1. ^ Cambridge History of Ancient China. Cambridge University Press. May 1999. ISBN 978-0-521-47030-8. 
  2. ^ Cambridge History of Ancient China
  3. ^ Sima Qian. Records of the Grand Historian. 4. 
  4. ^ Han Zhaoqi (韩兆琦), ed. (2010). Shiji (史记) (in Chinese). Beijing: Zhonghua Book Company. pp. 2510–2512. ISBN 978-7-101-07272-3. 
  5. ^ Liu Xueqin 劉學勤 (1992). Zhou Xuanwang 周宣王, in: Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Zhongguo lishi 中國歷史, vol. 3, page 1605. Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe
King Yi of Zhou (Jian)
Died: 892 BC
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King Gong of Zhou
King of China
899–892 BC
Succeeded by
King Xiao of Zhou