The reign of Chinese Song Emperor Huizong (reigned 1100-1126) is considered one of mixed success. Why was this?

Answer: Huizong was undoubtedly one of China’s most cultured Emperors, being one of the country’s greatest calligraphers and an inspired collector, assembling over 6,000 pieces of art. His reign was, however, a political disaster. Not only did he eventually lose his throne, but he lost north China for the Song Dynasty.

Source: Cambridge History of China by Patricia Buckley Ebrey

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