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.
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