#234 - Ming 24: The Grand Rites Controversy

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Summary: <p>With the Zhengde Emperor dead without an heir, the succession is in question and rebellion brewing. Fortunately, Grand Secretary Yang Tinghe has planned for this and calls in his backup - the 13-year-old Prince of Xing, Zhengde's younger cousin. He'll come to power as the Jiajing Emperor... but Secretary Yang will very quickly find out that, though young, Jiajing is a spitfire who's here to play the game, not be played.</p><br><p>Time Period Covered:</p><p>1519-1524 CE</p><br><p>Major Historical Figures:</p><p>Zhu Houcong (The Jiajing Emperor) [r. 1521-1567]</p><p>Grand Secretary Yang Tinghe [1459-1529]</p><p>Empress Dowager Zhang [1471-1541]</p><p>Lady/Empress Dowager Jiang</p><br><p>Major Works Cited:</p><p>Geiss, James. “The Cheng-te reign, 1506-1521” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I.”</p><p>Legge, James. <em>The Chinese Classics, Vol. III.</em></p><br><hr><p style="color:grey;font-size:0.75em;"> See <a style="color:grey;" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://acast.com/privacy">acast.com/privacy</a> for privacy and opt-out information.</p>