Empress Zhang (Jiajing)

Empress Zhang (died 1537), was a Chinese Empress consort of the Ming Dynasty, second empress to the Jiajing Emperor. She was deprived of the title empress in 1534 because of conflicts within the family.

Empress Zhang was the daughter of a member of the Imperial guard. She was selected to the imperial harem in 1526. When the empress died in 1528, Zhang was chosen to replace her as empress on 8 January 1529. In 1534, she was deposed from her position as empress. No official reason was given. Unofficially, however, the reason was that the emperor disliked her favor with the Empress Zhang (Hongzhi).[1] She died three years after her demotion.


  1. GOODRICH, L. Carington; FANG, Chaoying, a kol. Dictionary of Ming Biography, 1368-1644. New York : Columbia University Press, 1976. xxi + 1751 s. ISBN 0-231-03801-1 (sv. 1), 023103833X (sv. 2). p. 319.
Chinese royalty
Preceded by
Empress Xiaojiesu
Empress of China
Succeeded by
Empress Xiaolie
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