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Empress Chen (Jiajing)


Empress Xiaojiesu (1508–1528), was a Chinese Empress consort of the Ming Dynasty, first empress to the Jiajing Emperor.

Empress Xiaojiesu
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Empress Consort of Ming China
PredecessorEmpress Xiaojingyi
SuccessorEmpress Zhang
Born1508 (1508)
Died1528 (aged 19–20)
Burialbefore 1567
SpouseJiajing Emperor

She was the daughter of Chen Wanyang (d. 1535). She was selected in to the palace of the Jiajing Emperor in 1522. Later that year, she was appointed empress upon the wish of the emperor's aunt, the Empress Dowager Zhang.[1] Because of the tense personal relationship between the Emperor and his aunt, however, he did not take a liking to Chen.[2] In 1528, she became pregnant. During the pregnancy, the Emperor exposed her to a fit of rage, which caused a fatal miscarriage.[3]

The Emperor did not permit her to be buried in the imperial mausoleum: this was not done before 1567.[4]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Lily Xiao Hong Lee, Sue Wiles: Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women, Volume II: Tang Through Ming 618 - 1644
  2. ^ Lily Xiao Hong Lee, Sue Wiles: Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women, Volume II: Tang Through Ming 618 - 1644
  3. ^ Lily Xiao Hong Lee, Sue Wiles: Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women, Volume II: Tang Through Ming 618 - 1644
  4. ^ Lily Xiao Hong Lee, Sue Wiles: Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Women, Volume II: Tang Through Ming 618 - 1644


Chinese royalty
Preceded by
Empress Xiaojingyi
Empress of China
1522–1528
Succeeded by
Empress Zhang