The Changxing Reign, 930–933
In late 930, Mingzong changed his reign name from Tiangcheng to Changxing, as an acknowledgment of a feat accomplished. His priorities have shifted from legitimizing his regime to consolidating the monarch’s stature. The conflicts between An Chonghui and Congke came to a peak. In 933, Tangut armies expanded eastwards, fifty thousand men were sent to put down the Tanguts, but they performed poorly. Two months into the intervention, Mingzong withdrew the Later Tang armies. The emperor would meet his end in late 933 when he got apoplexy. In his last days, Fan Yanguang would resign, and Congrong would deploy his armies to occupy the Inner Palace. The insurrection was suppressed at the cost of Congrong and his son.
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