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King Xuan of Zhou

King Xuan of Zhou
King of China
Reign 827–782 BC
Predecessor Gong He
Successor King You of Zhou
Died 782 BC
Spouse Queen Qiang
Issue King You of Zhou
Full name
Ancestral name: (姬)
Given name: Jìng (靜)
House Zhou Dynasty
Father King Li of Zhou

King Xuan of Zhou (Chinese: 周宣王; pinyin: Zhōu Xuān Wáng) was the eleventh king of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty. Estimated dates of his reign are 827/25-782 BC.[1] He worked to restore royal authority after the Gong He interregnum. He fought the 'Western Barbarians' (probably Xianyun) and another group on the Huai River to the southeast. In his ninth year he called a meeting of all the lords. Later he intervened militarily in succession struggles in the states of Lu, Wey and Qi. Sima Qian says "from this time on, the many lords mostly rebelled against royal commands."[2] He is said to have killed an innocent man called Dubo and was himself killed by an arrow fired by Dubo's ghost. His son, King You of Zhou was the last king of the Western Zhou.


  1. ^ Cambridge History of Ancient China. 1999. 
  2. ^ Shaughnessy, Edward L., and Michael Loewe (1999). Cambridge History of Ancient China. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. p. 347.  
King Xuan of Zhou
Died: 782 BC
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Gong He
King of China
827–782 BC
Succeeded by
King You of Zhou
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