Few records survive from the time of the Chen dynasty. However, the records that exist say that the dynasty was strong and rich. Legend says that the Chen dynasty had ten times more wealth than Europe at the time. The Chen dynasty's rulers had a tax system and ruling system similar to the Kang-Qian 'flourishing age'. (The Kang-Qian age was the last and richest Chinese feudal dynasty).
The Chen dynasty took in an enormous amount of silver, which was used as money at the time. The records that still exist say that the dynasty had as much as 30 million taels of silver in their reserves. (A silver tael weighed about 30 grams.) During the Chen dynasty, there was also a huge demand for Chinese silk, spices, porcelain, artwork, and many other products.
Kings[change | change source]
|Names given after death||Family names and personal names||Years||Time periods|
|Convention: Chen + posthumous name|
|Emperor Wu of Chen - Wu Di (武帝 wu3 di4)||Chen Ba Xian (陳霸先 chen2 ba4 xian1)||557-559||Yongding (永定 yong3 ding4) 557-559|
|Emperor Wen of Chen - Wen Di (文帝 wen2 di4)||Chen Qian (陳蒨 chen2 qian4)||560-566||Tianjia (天嘉 tian1 jia1) 560-566|
Tiankang (天康 tian1 kang1) 566
|Emperor Fei of Chen - Fei Di (廢帝 fei4 di4)||Chen Bo Zong (陳伯宗 chen2 bo2 zong1)||567-568||Guangda (光大 guang1 da4) 567-568|
|Emperor Xuan of Chen - Xuan Di (宣帝 xuan1 di4)||Chen Xu (陳頊 chen2 xu1)||569-582||Taijian (太建 tai4 jian4) 569-582|
|Emperor Houzhu of Chen (後主 hou4 zhu3)||Chen Shu Bao (陳叔寶 chen2 shu2 bao3||583-589||Zhide (至德 zhi4 de2) 583-586|
Zhenming (禎明 zhen1 ming2) 587-589