The first emperor to rise to the throne by undressing

Li Congke, the emperor of the later Tang Dynasty in the Five Dynasties, was the adopted son of Li Siyuan, emperor of the Ming Dynasty. From 934 to 936, he was in power. After his death, he had no posthumous title or temple title. Historians called him the end emperor or the abandoned emperor.

Li Congke, originally surnamed Wang, was born in Pingshan (now Pingshan, Hebei Province), with a small name of a San. When Li Siyuan was following Li Cunxu to go on a military expedition, he passed Pingshan and met Li Congke’s mother, the Wei family, and took her mother and son away together.

Later, Li Congke was adopted as his adopted son. When Li Congke grew up, he was magnificent and brave, and Li Siyuan loved him even more. When he went to war with Li Siyuan, he was brave and good at fighting, and was famous among the three armies. Even Li Cunxu said, “ah San, like me, dares to fight to the death.”

Once, he fought with Houliang army on the Bank of the Yellow River. When Liang army retreated, Li Congke led more than ten cavalry to mingle with the enemy. When he arrived at the gate of the enemy’s barracks, Li Congke yelled, killed several enemy soldiers, then cut down the enemy’s lookout pole with an axe and returned to his barracks calmly.

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After his father Li Siyuan succeeded to the throne and became emperor, there was an irreconcilable contradiction between Li Congke and his courtier an chongjiao. An chongjiao punished him several times and hurt him. Fortunately, his father was wise and tried his best to protect him.

After an chongjiao was given death by Li Siyuan, Li Congke was relieved to come out. He first served as a general of Zuowei, and then as a Taiwei. He served as a Jiedushi in Fengxiang, and later as king Lu.

After the death of Li Siyuan, min Di Li succeeded from Hou. He was indecisive and put Zhu Hongzhao and Feng bin in power. These two men have neither prestige nor talent. They only know how to exclude the dissidents. They dare to be angry.

Zhu and Feng regarded Li Congke as the biggest threat and tried their best to get rid of him. Li Congke was also on guard against them. He often called himself ill and did not go to the imperial court.

The Min emperor was also afraid of Li Congke threatening his throne and took measures to restrain Li Congke. First, Li Chongji, Li Congke’s son in Beijing, was demoted from the capital to serve as a regiment training envoy in Bozhou (now Boxian County, Anhui Province). Then, Li Huiming, Li Congke’s daughter who was a nun, was called into the palace as a hostage.

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Then, following Zhu and Feng’s advice, Li congzhang, the king of foreign countries, was appointed as Fengxiang’s Jiedushi to replace Li Congke, and Li Congke was appointed as Hedong’s Jiedushi.

Take off clothes and cheer up the army

At that night, Li Congke, who was forced to be helpless, asked people to draft a declaration and distribute it to all parts of the country. In the name of removing treacherous officials from the side of the emperor of the Qing Dynasty, he asked the envoys to attack Luoyang, the capital, and kill Zhu Hongzhao and others.

Li conghou ordered Wang Sitong to lead the troops to attack, and Wang Sitong gathered all kinds of troops to besiege Fengxiang city. Fengxiang city is not an important town. The city wall is very low, the moat outside is very narrow, and the water is shallow, so it can’t be defended.

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Under the heavy attack of the imperial court, the small towns of Dongxiguan were lost one after another. Li Congke’s subordinates suffered a lot of casualties. If they fought further, it would be difficult to protect the city. Li Congke stood at the head of the city, very anxious, and hated that he had not taken precautions earlier, so that he would end up in a different place today.

Looking at the siege soldiers under the city, Li Congke suddenly brightened his eyes. It turned out that many of the generals under the city were his former subordinates. Li Congke took off his clothes and showed his scars. Then he stood on the wall and cried.

At the critical moment of life and death, Li Congke burst into tears, choked and said: “I was less than 20 years old, and I went out to fight with the former Emperor. I went out of my life and died without any complaints. All of you and I went out to fight with the former Emperor and made contributions to the rejuvenation of our country. But now the imperial court is ruled by treacherous officials who make false guesses and frame me up. You all know me and know me. What I did to you before, and you know in your heart, why should I be used by treacherous officials to kill your friends for them? How can you bear to be cruel to each other and refuse to save me? What crime do I have? This is where we are today. “

The soldiers under the city were moved by him, and some also shed tears. One of the generals, Yang Siquan, a commander of Yulin, once worked under Li Congke and had a good friendship with him. He said loudly to everyone, “the prime minister is my Lord!” All the officers and men echoed.

Yang Siquan took out another piece of paper and said to Li Congke, “I hope that after conquering the capital, you’d better appoint me as a governor, not a defense envoy or a regiment training envoy.” Li Congke immediately wrote down on the paper that he was asked to be a governor, so Yang Siquan led the soldiers to enter the city from the west gate, waiting for Li Congke to dispatch them.

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Hearing the news of the West Gate’s annexation, Yin Hui, the commander of the capital who directed the attack on the east gate, also led his army into Li Congke’s annexation from the east gate. One after another, the other troops outside were repulsed. In order to thank all the soldiers for their help, Li Congke collected money in the city to reward them.

Li Congke cry success, immediately lead out of Fengxiang City, Wang Sitong’s troops vulnerable, was defeated by Li Congke.

When Li conghou heard that Li Congke was going to kill him, he fled the capital and wanted to go to Weizhou. But none of the ministers would go with him. Only 50 bodyguards followed him.

On the way, he met his brother-in-law Shi Jingtang, who was unwilling to save his dying brother-in-law. One of Li conghou’s followers, dissatisfied with Shi Jingtang’s snobbish behavior, wanted to kill Shi Jingtang with a knife. As a result, he was killed by Shi Jingtang’s bodyguards. Shi Jingtang simply killed all Li conghou’s bodyguards. He was merciless to Li conghou and put him in confinement. Later, Li Congke became emperor, so he was killed Kill him.

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