PEOPLE OF THE ANCIENT WORLD: Wuzong of Tang (Emperor of…

PEOPLE OF THE ANCIENT WORLD: Wuzong of Tang (Emperor of China) 

WUZONG of Tang (also Wu-Tsung, formerly Li Yan) reigned as emperor of China from 840 to 846 CE. He is best remembered today for his persecution of Buddhists, the worst such attack in all of China’s history, and his early death by insanity from drug abuse. Wuzong, nevertheless, did manage to steer the Tang Dynasty clear of the excessive political in-fighting and eunuch dominance which had plagued the courts of his predecessors.

Read More