King Yi of Zhou (Xie)

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King Yi of Zhou
King of China
Reign 885–878 BC
Predecessor King Xiao of Zhou
Successor King Li of Zhou
Died 878 BC
Issue King Li of Zhou
Full name
Ancestral name: (姬)
Given name: Xiè (燮)
House Zhou Dynasty
Father King Yi of Zhou (Jian)

King Yi of Zhou (Chinese: 周夷王; pinyin: Zhōu Yí Wáng) was the ninth king of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty.[1] Estimated dates of his reign are 885–878 BC or 865–858 BC.[2]

He was preceded by his uncle, King Xiao of Zhou, who may have overthrown his father. In the third year of his reign, King Yi sided with Marquis of Ji in a dispute with Duke Ai of Qi and executed Duke Ai by boiling him to death in a large cauldron. King Yi installed Duke Ai's younger half-brother Jing on the throne, later known as Duke Hu of Qi.[3][4][5]

During his reign there were wars in the south with the State of Chu and the Dongyi. According to the Shiji, during his reign the royal power was not strong and the regional rulers failed to pay obeisance to the court.[6]

He was succeeded by his son, King Li of Zhou.


  1. ^ Nguyễn Khắc Thuần, Các đời đế vương Trung Hoa, page 20
  2. ^ Cambridge History of Ancient China. Cambridge University Press. May 1999. ISBN 978-0-521-47030-8. 
  3. ^ Sima Qian. 齐太公世家 [House of Duke Tai of Qi]. Records of the Grand Historian (in Chinese). Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  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. ^ China: From Neolithic cultures through the Great Qing Empire 10,000 BCE-1799 CE by Harold M. Tanner
  6. ^ "Hereditary house of Chu" 當周夷王之時,王室微,諸侯或不朝,相伐。
King Yi of Zhou (Xie)
 Died: 878 BC
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King Xiao of Zhou
King of China
885–878 BC
Succeeded by
King Li of Zhou