Emperor Zhongzong of Tang

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Emperor Zhongzong was the son of Emperor Gaozong and Empress Wu. He ruled briefly in 683-684 before being forced to abdicate in favor of his brother Emperor Ruizong. Zhongzong then regained the throne after overthrowing Empress Wu in a coup in 705. Her supporters arranged his assassination in 710, and after the very brief intervening reign of Emperor Shang of Tang, Ruizong took the throne once more.

Preceded by
Emperor Gaozong of Tang
Emperor of Tang
Succeeded by
Emperor Ruizong of Tang
Preceded by
Empress Wu
Emperor of Tang
Succeeded by
Emperor Shang of Tang


  • Valerie Hansen, The Open Empire, New York: W.W. Norton & Company (2000), 200-202.