Guo Zongxun

Emperor Gong of Later Zhou
後周恭帝
Emperor Gong of (Later) Zhou (more...)
3rd and last Emperor of Later Zhou
Reign 28 July 959 – 3 February 960[1]
Predecessor Guo Rong (Emperor Shizong), father
Regent Empress Dowager Fu, stepmother
Chancellors
Born 14 September 953
Chanzhou, Later Zhou[2] (today's Qingfeng County, Henan)
Died 973(aged 20)
Burial
in today's Xinzheng, Henan 34°33′55.04″N 113°41′54.66″E / 34.5652889°N 113.6985167°E / 34.5652889; 113.6985167
Names
Surname: Guō () or Chái ()
Given name: Zōngxùn ()
Era dates
Xiǎndé (), continued from Emperor Taizu and Emperor Shizong
Year 6: 11 February 959 – 30 January 960
Year 7: 31 January 960 – 19 January 961
Posthumous name
Emperor Gong (恭帝)
Father Chai Rong (Emperor Shizong)

Guo Zongxun (郭宗訓) (14 September 953[2] – 973), also known by his posthumous name Gongdi (恭帝; "Emperor Gong"), was the third and last emperor of ancient China's short-lived Later Zhou during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. He reigned from July 959, when he succeeded his father Chai Rong, until February 960, when he was overthrown by general Zhao Kuangyin, who founded the Song Dynasty.

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[citation needed]. 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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