Hartill 25.16 Annam Guang Shun 1460-69 AD Guang Thuan Thong Bao Imperial Vietnam
Imperial Vietnam Dynasty
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Lê Thánh Tông
Lê Thánh Tông (1442–1497) was emperor of Vietnam from 1460 until his death. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest emperors of Vietnamese history and the Vietnamese "Hammurabi."
Lê Thánh Tông, born Lê Tư Thành, was the son of Emperor Lê Thái Tông and his mother was Ngo Thi Ngoc Dao. He was a half brother of Lê Nhân Tông and it is likely that his mother and Nguyễn Thị Anh (the mother of Lê Nhân Tông) were related (cousins or perhaps sisters). He was educated just like his half brother, the emperor, at the palace in Hanoi. When his elder half brother, Nghi Dân, staged a coup and killed the emperor in 1459, Prince Tư Thành was spared. Nine months later, when the second counter-coup was successfully carried out, the plotters asked Prince Tư Thành to become the new emperor and he accepted.
The leaders of the counter-coup which removed (and killed) Nghi Dân were two of the last surviving friends and aides of Lê Lợi: Nguyễn Xí and Đinh Liệt. These two old men had been out of power since the 1440s but they still commanded respect due to their association with the heroic Lê Lợi. The new king appointed these men to the highest positions in his new government, Nguyễn Xí as Emperor's Councilor and Đinh Liệt as commander of the army of Vietnam.
Most cities in Vietnam, regardless of the political orientation of their government, have named major streets after him.
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