King Daoxiang of Zhao
|King Daoxiang of Zhao|
|King of Zhao|
|Reign||244 BC-236 BC|
|Issue||Jia, King Dai of Zhao|
King Youmiu of Zhao
|Father||King Xiaocheng of Zhao|
Born as Zhao Yan to King Xiaocheng of Zhao, he was originally not groomed to succeed to the throne. However, his path to the throne was eased by the circumstances. Firstly, the heir to the Zhao throne was required to spend a large portion of his youth as a hostage in the Qin court – thus making him susceptible to court intrigue. Secondly, the minister Guo Kai was intent on making Zhao Yan the next king. Therefore, when King Xiaocheng died, instead of welcoming the rightful heir back to Handan, Guo Kai proclaimed Zhao Yan as king instead. The famous Zhao general Lian Po objected to this state of affairs and resigned his posts as a result.
King Daoxiang's rule saw Zhao engage in warfare with its eastern neighbour, Yan. Under the command of general Li Mu, Zhao initiated two successful campaigns against Yan in 244 BC and 235 BC, gaining land in what is now central Hebei.
Zhao Daoxiang died in 236 BC, in the midst of a Qin invasion of Zhao and was succeeded by King Youmiu.
King Daoxiang appears in manga and anime series Kingdom. King Daoxiang is portrayed as pedophile king with twisted personality and little regard for those beneath him. In Kingdom, he dies during Qin invasion of Zhao, after getting poisoned by kids in his bathhouse.