By Patricia Buckley Ebrey
After a rocky commence attempting to conquer political animosities at courtroom, Huizong grew to become his consciousness to the great he might do. He tremendously extended the court's charitable ventures, founding colleges, hospitals, orphanages, and paupers' cemeteries. Surrounding himself with poets, painters, and musicians, he outfitted palaces, temples, and gardens of unsurpassed attractiveness. usually neglected, notwithstanding, is the significance of Daoism in Huizong's existence. He handled religious masters with nice deference, wrote scriptural commentaries, and instructed his matters to undertake his ideals and practices. This devotion to the Daoist imaginative and prescient of sacred kingship finally alienated the Confucian mainstream and compromised Huizong's skill to manipulate. Ebrey's full of life biography provides new dimensions of figuring out to a passionate, paradoxical ruler who, many centuries later, evokes either admiration and disapproval.
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