Emperor Shun of Han

Han Shundi (漢順帝)
Family name:Liu (劉; liú)
Given name:Bao (保, bǎo)
Temple name:Jingzong (敬宗, jìng zōng)
Posthumous name:
Xiaoshun (孝順, xiào shùn)
literary meaning: "filial and serene"
Posthumous name:
Shun (順, shùn)

Emperor Shun of Han (simplified Chinese: 汉顺帝; traditional Chinese: 漢順帝; pinyin: Hàn Shùn Dì; Wade–Giles: Han Shun-ti; 115 – 20 September 144) was an emperor of the Chinese Han Dynasty and the seventh emperor of the Eastern Han. He reigned from 125 to 144 AD.

Emperor Shun (Prince Bao) was the only son of Emperor An of Han. After Emperor An died in 125, the Empress Dowager Yan, childless but yearning to hold on to power, displaced Prince Bao (whose title of crown prince she had wrongly caused Emperor An to strip in 124) from the throne in favour of Liu Yi, the Marquess of Beixiang. Liu Yi died after reigning less than seven months; eunuchs loyal to Prince Bao, led by Sun Cheng, carried out a successful coup d'etat against the Empress Dowager, and Prince Bao was finally declared emperor at age 10.

The people had great expectations for Emperor Shun, whose reign followed his incompetent and violent father. However, while Emperor Shun's personality was mild, he was just as incompetent as his father in general, and corruption continued without abatement among eunuchs and officials. He also overly entrusted government to his wife Empress Liang Na's father Liang Shang (梁商) - a mild-mannered man with integrity but little ability - and then Liang Shang's son Liang Ji - a corrupt and autocratic man. In general, Emperor Shun's reign was still somewhat of an improvement over his father's, but this minor improvement was unable to stem Eastern Han Dynasty's continued degradation.

Emperor Shun died at the age of 29 after reigning for 19 years. He was succeeded by his son Emperor Chong.

Family background

Then-Prince Bao was born to Emperor An and his concubine Consort Li in 115, apparently shortly after Emperor An had created his favorite Yan Ji empress. Empress Yan herself was sonless, and in jealousy, she poisoned Consort Li to death, an act that went unpunished. Empress Yan would continue to hold a grudge against Prince Bao, despite his youth.

In 120, Emperor An created Prince Bao crown prince, as he continued to be Emperor An's only son.

Other Languages
Bân-lâm-gú: Hàn Sūn-tè
Deutsch: Han Shundi
français: Han Shundi
한국어: 후한 순제
Bahasa Indonesia: Kaisar Shun dari Han
italiano: Han Shundi
Nederlands: Han Shundi
日本語: 順帝 (漢)
norsk: Han Shundi
português: Shundi
русский: Шунь-ди (Хань)
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Car Shun od Hana
українська: Лю Бао
Tiếng Việt: Hán Thuận Đế
粵語: 劉保
中文: 汉顺帝