Tang Yuan Zong ruled South Tang during China's Chaotic Five Dynasty period. History called him stupid when he fought the powerful Northern invading country and lost. Yuan Zong passed the crown to his son, Ho Zu, who surrendered after 15 year hold off against the Northern Invading Song. Historian called Ho Zu a coward.
Did historians paint a fair picture of these 2 rulers? After surrender, Ho Zu was held by Song. Song emperor raped his queen and then poisoned him. It would be hard to imagine the pains he felt, if he did not write it in his poems.
Ho Zu and his father Yuan Zong were great poets. They were the best emperor poets in China's history. While many regarded Ho Zu as China's best poet ever. You will know their stories and also their poems if you watch this fact based story.