Li Yuanhao

By Liu Xuanchen
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Li Yuanhao

Li Yuanhao (1003—1048), was the first emperor of the Xixia Dynasty. His surname, Li, was granted to him during the Tang Dynasty by the emperor. Li Yuanhao was very diligent and always eager to gain knowledge. He was particularly interested in the study of law and war strategy, and he was also proficient in both Han and Tibetan languages.

Li Yuanhao waged several external wars in order to expand his reach and gain power when he was young. During his father’s reign, he expressed strong dissatisfaction with his father’s obedience to the ruler of the Song Dynasty. He had a great ambition to build his own kingdom.

Eventually, in the year of 1038, Li Yuanhao assumed himself the title of “emperor” and founded the “Xixia Kingdom.” After the founding of Xiaxia Dynasty, Li Yuanhao waged many wars with the rulers of the Song Dynasty and Liao Dynasty and defeated them many times.

When he grew old, Li Yuanhao overindulged in wine and women, and craved for greatness and success. After getting stabbed by his son in the nose, he died at the age of 46.


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