Liang Dynasty 502-556

A branch of the Xiao family took power founding the Liang dynasty and indeed Liang Wudi was one of the few emperors to command respect during the six dynasties period. A scholar of Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism he combined the best of each, a pattern that has been adopted to this day by many Chinese. After the slaughter that brought him to power he eschewed the taking of life. He even abdicated to become a monk on three occasions only to be persuaded to retake the throne. Attacks from the north continued and the dynasty collapsed within seven years of the death of Wudi.

Emperors

Wudi502-549
Jian Wendi550
Yu Zhang Wang551
Yuandi552-554
Jingdi555-556

Here are some photographs reflecting Liang times, click on the thumbnail to see the photograph in full


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