Lê Tương Dực

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Lê Tương Dực (chữ Hán: 黎襄翼; 1495–1516), reigned 1509-1516, was the ninth emperor of the later Lê dynasty of Vietnam. He usurped the throne after assassinating his ruthless and unpopular cousin.[1]


He was a cousin of Lê Thánh Tông, rising to power after the years of turmoils. Besides reorganizing the court officials, he attempted to revive the glory of the dynasty. His reign witnessed the compilation of a new book of history, Đại Việt thông giám thông khảo, by Vũ Quỳnh, and Trị bình bảo phạm, or Rules for Securing Peace, according to Confucian ethics. Nguyễn Bính Khiêm, a notable scholar - official, rose to a position of censor, and later the commander in suppressing the rebels.

However, in spring 1516, a group of imperial guards, led by Trịnh Duy Sản, murdered Lê Tương Dực in the capital.

Preceded by
Lê Uy Mục
King of Vietnam
Succeeded by
Lê Chiêu Tông


  1. Bruce M. Lockhart, William J. Duiker -The A to Z of Vietnam 2010- Page 211 "Lê Uy Mục (1488-1509). Seventh emperor (r. 1505-1509) of the Lé dynasty. Lê Uy Mục quickly showed himself to be a ruthless ruler, murdering his grandmother and two of his ministers. His unpopularity led to the popular nickname given to ...He was assassinated by his cousin in 1509, who then seized the throne under the dynastic title of Tương Dực. ... that Vietnam had enjoyed during the 15th century and paved the way for the usurpation of the throne by Mạc Đăng Dung.
  2. Trần Trọng Kim (2005). Việt Nam sử lược (in Vietnamese). Ho Chi Minh City: Ho Chi Minh City General Publishing House. p. 248.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>