King Yih of Zhou

King Yih of Zhou (Chinese: 周懿王; pinyin: Zhōu Yì Wáng), personal name Ji Jian, was the seventh king of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty. Estimated dates of his reign are 899–892 BC or 899–873 BC.[1]

King Yi of Zhou
King of China
Reign899–892 BC
PredecessorKing Gong of Zhou
SuccessorKing Xiao of Zhou
Died892 BC
SpouseWang Bo Jiang
IssueKing Yí of Zhou
Ancestral name: (姬)
Given name: Jiān (囏)
HouseZhou Dynasty
FatherKing Gong of Zhou

His reign is poorly documented. The first year of his reign is confirmed by a solar eclipse on April 21, 899. He was followed on the throne by his uncle King Xiao of Zhou who was followed by King Yih's son King Yí of Zhou who was "restored by the many lords". He is said to have moved from the capital to a place called Huaili. This hints that he was removed from power by his uncle, but the matter is uncertain.[2][3] Yih's grandson was King Li of Zhou.[4]



  • Wang Bo Jiang, of the Jiang clan (王伯姜 姜姓), the mother of Crown Prince Xie and a daughter


  • Crown Prince Xie (太子燮; d. 878 BC), ruled as King Yí of Zhou from 885–878 BC


King Kang of Zhou (1040–996 BC)
King Zhao of Zhou (1027–977 BC)
Wang Jiang
King Mu of Zhou (992–922 BC)
Queen Fang
King Gong of Zhou (d. 900 BC)
King Yih of Zhou (899–892 BC)

See alsoEdit

Family tree of ancient Chinese emperors


  1. ^ Cambridge History of Ancient China. Cambridge University Press. May 1999. ISBN 978-0-521-47030-8.
  2. ^ Sima Qian. Records of the Grand Historian. 4.
  3. ^ Han Zhaoqi (韩兆琦), ed. (2010). Shiji (史记) (in Chinese). Beijing: Zhonghua Book Company. pp. 2510–2512. ISBN 978-7-101-07272-3.
  4. ^ Liu Xueqin 劉學勤 (1992). Zhou Xuanwang 周宣王, in: Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, Zhongguo lishi 中國歷史, vol. 3, page 1605. Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe
King Yih of Zhou
 Died: 892 BC
Regnal titles
Preceded by
King of China
899–892 BC
Succeeded by