|Died||3 September 956|
Surname: Zhào (趙)|
Given name: Hóngyīn (弘殷)
|Father||Zhao Jing (趙敬)|
|Mother||Lady Liu (劉氏)|
After his death, his son Zhao Kuangyin founded the Song Dynasty in 960. Another son Zhao Kuangyi would also become a Song emperor. For this reason, Zhao Hongyin is posthumously honored as "Emperor Xuanzu (宣祖) of Song". All emperors of the Song dynasty were his descendants via either Emperor Taizu (most emperors of the Southern Song) or Emperor Taizong (most emperors of the Northern Song).
The young Zhao Hongyin was a skilled horse archer. He originally served the warlord Wang Rong for the de facto independent Zhao State, and was once ordered by Wang to lead 500 cavalries to assist their ally Li Cunxu in battles, presumably against the Later Liang. Impressed by his bravery, Li kept Zhao as part of his imperial army after the fall of Zhao in 921.
It was also around this period that he married Lady Du who was 3 years his junior. According to popular rumour a few decades after his death, when Zhao Hongyin first came to the area by himself, he encountered a snowstorm and had to beg for food from servants in official Du Shuang's (杜爽) house. After a few days, the servants noticed that he was hardworking and persuaded Du to keep him in the house. A few months later, the family arranged for him to marry their eldest daughter.
- Zhao Jing (翼祖 趙敬; 872 – 933)
- Posthumous empress Liu (簡穆皇后 劉氏)
- Consorts and Issue:
- Empress dowager Du (昭憲皇太后 杜氏; 902 – 961)
- Lady Geng (陳夫人 耿氏)
- Zhao Tingmei (涪悼王 趙廷美; 947 – 984)
- (in Chinese) Toqto'a; et al. (1345). Song Shi (宋史) [History of Song].
- (in Chinese) Fan Zhen. Dong Qi Jishi (東齋記事) [Notes of Eastern Qi].
|This Chinese biographical article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|