Emperor Gongdi of Later Zhou

Emperor Gongdi (953–973) was the last emperor of the Chinese later zhou dynasty. He succeeded his father, Emperor Shizong of later zhou dynasty upon his death during a military campaign in 959. In 960, Gongdi was overthrown by Zhao Kuangyin, who founded the song dynasty as Emperor Taizu. Gongdi was sent away with his mother to Xijing (西京). Despite assurance by Emperor Taizu that the Chai family would be treated with respect, Gongdi was killed in 973 by Xin Wenyue, an official trying to gain favour with the emperor. Upon hearing the news, Emperor Taizu ordered a period of mourning and buried the dethroned emperor next to Emperor Shizong's tomb.

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