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Emperor Huizong

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$55.00 • £44.95 • €49.50

ISBN 9780674725256

Publication Date: 01/06/2014

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696 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

15 color illustrations, 23 halftones, 2 line illustrations, 3 maps, 11 tables

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  • List of Tables, Maps, and Illustrations*
  • Preface
  • Note on Ages, Dates, and Other Conventions
  • Chronology
  • Cast of Characters
  • Genealogy of the Song Emperors and Empresses
  • I. Learning to Rule, 1082–1108
    • 1. Growing Up in the Palace, 1082–1099
    • 2. Taking the Throne, 1100
    • 3. Trying for Balance, 1101–1102
    • 4. Choosing the Reformers, 1102–1108
  • II. Striving for Magnificence, 1102–1112
    • 5. Placing Faith in Daoism, 1100–1110
    • 6. Embracing and Revitalizing Tradition
    • 7. Welcoming Masters and Experts
    • 8. Crafting an Image as an Artist
  • III. Anticipating Great Things, 1107–1120
    • 9. Pursuing the Monumental
    • 10. Finding Pleasure in Court and Palace Life
    • 11. Working with Councilors
    • 12. Accepting Divine Revelations, 1110–1119
    • 13. Allying with Jin
  • IV. Confronting Failure, 1121–1135
    • 14. Adjusting to Military Setbacks, 1121–1125
    • 15. Abdicating the Throne, 1125–1126
    • 16. Losing Everything, 1126–1127
    • 17. Enduring Captivity, 1127–1135
  • Afterword
  • Appendix A: Reasons for Rejecting Some Common Stories about Huizong and His Court
  • Appendix B: Huizong’s Consorts and Their Children
  • Timeline
  • Notes
  • References
  • Chinese Character Glossary
  • Index
  • * Tables, Maps, and Illustrations
    • Tables
      • 2.1. Main players at Huizon’s accession
      • 4.1. Numbers of men on the 1102/9/12 blacklist
      • 4.2. Living and deceased officials on the 1104 blacklist
      • 5.1. Main halls at Primal Tally Myriad Calm Temple at Mount Mao
      • 6.1. Subjects of Wang Anzhong’s fifty memorials congratulating Huizong on good omens
      • 8.1. Major extant Huizong paintings
      • 11.1. Huizong’s major councilors, in order of age
      • 13.1. Principal envoys
      • 17.1. Captives taken north in 1127/4
    • Maps
      • 1. Kaifeng
      • 2. Song China and its neighbors
      • 3. Huizong’s route in captivity
    • Illustrations
      • Figures
        • 1.1. Layout of the Palace City
        • 1.2. Anon., Portrait of Shenzhong
        • 1.3. Wang Shen, Rivers and Mountains in Mist
        • 4.1. Huizong, Hand-Drafted Edict for Cai Xing
        • 5.1. Talisman of the Center in Five Talismans, Powerful Treasure of the Most High
        • 5.2. Visualizing the Six Guardians in the Great Profundity Scripture
        • 6.1. Illustration from Antiquities Illustrated of the First of the Duke Cheng of Song Bells
        • 6.2. Bell cast at Huizong’s court
        • 6.3. “Cloud Mushroom” in Catalogue of Numinous Mushrooms
        • 6.4. Huizong, Six Cranes
        • 7.1. Pages from the Revised Material Medica of the Zhenghe Period, Classified and Verified from the Classics and Histories
        • 7.2. Two pages from Building Standards, showing roof supports and sample designs for doors
        • 7.3. Li Tang, Wind in the Pines amid Ten Thousand Valleys
        • 8.1. Huizong, Two Poems
        • 8.2. Huizong, Birds and Butterflies in an Autumn Garden
        • 8.3. Huizong, Returning Fishing Boats on a Snowy River
        • 9.1. Entry in Antiquities Illustrated
        • 9.2. Five-room and nine-room layouts for the Bright Hall, from Nie Chongyi, Illustrations of the Three Ritual Classics
        • 9.3. Layout for the Bright Hall, from Chen Xiangdao’s Book of Ritual
        • 9.4. Mountain beaker made at Huizong’s court
        • 11.1. Huizong’s transcription of the Thousand Character Essay, given to Wang Fu in 1122
        • 11.2. Size comparisons of one-, two-, and ten-qian coins issued in the Daguan period
        • 11.3. Huizong’s transcription of the Thousand Character Essay, given to Tong Guan in 1104
        • 12.1. Rubbing of the 1117 stele commemorating the descent of celestial gods
        • 12.2. “Talisman for Summoning the Nine Transformations of Great Obscurity,” from Talismans and Diagrams of the Book of Salvation
      • Color Plates
        • 1. Anon., Portrait of Huizong
        • 2. Anon., Imperial Honor Guard
        • 3. Attributed to Huizong, Literary Gathering
        • 4. Attributed to Huizong, Literary Gathering (detail)
        • 5. Attributed to Huizong, Two Birds in a Blossoming Wax-Plum Tree
        • 6. Attributed to Huizong, Pheasant on a Hibiscus Branch
        • 7. Wang Ximeng, A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains
        • 8. Wang Ximeng, A Thousand Li of Rivers and Mountains (detail)
        • 9. Huizong, Finches and Bamboo
        • 10. Huizong, Five-Colored Parakeet on a Blossoming Apricot Tree
        • 11. Huizong, Auspicious Dragon Rock
        • 12. Huizong, Cranes of Good Omen
        • 13. Huizong, Listening to the Qin
        • 14. Anon., Boat Race on Golden Brilliance Lake
        • 15. Anon., The Return of the Coffins

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