Ho Quy Ly usurp the throne of Tran Dynasty

After Trần Nghệ Tông’s reign, Trần Dynasty’s authority and power in the 1370s and 1380s declined steadily . Trần Nghệ Tông had ceded the throne in favor of his son Trần Duệ Tông (1372–1377), his grandson Trần Phế Đế (1377–1388), and Trần Thuận Tông (1388–1398) one of his younger sons.

Ho Quy Ly usurp the throne of Tran Dynasty

The Trần Dynasty became known for emperors who reigned for only a few years before relinquishing the throne to a favorite son, and becoming Thái Thượng Hoàng Đế, the first dynasty to take the name of Father of “Hoàng Đế” emperor title. These types of short-lived and short-sighted emperors encouraged the arrival and ascension of strong, skillful and sly politicians. Hồ Quý Ly was such a politician. He was widely known for his cunning, courage, and boldness, and had distinguished himself in a successful campaign against the Chams of Champa.

Ho Quy Ly usurp the throne of Tran Dynasty

Through his scheming and shrewd marriage alliances (to a sister of Emperor Trần Duệ Tông and Trần Thuận Tông – Huy Ninh Princess), Hồ Quý Ly made himself a court fixture in the position of the emperors’ indispensable advisor. In less than 20 years, while many others involved in court intrigues were being assassinated all around him, Hồ Quý Ly attained the highest post of General/Protector/Regent of the country in 1399.

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