Preferring Art to War

Ladies Preparing Newly Woven Silk (detail), att, to Emperor Huizong, 11th cantury, 

Emperor Huizong is the one of the most famous of the Song Dynasty emperors. He followed the Taoist religion and was known to be a fine artist, poet, and writer who surrounded himself with others who shared his interests. His interests in things artistic led to his downfall when his army, such as it was, was easily overtaken and he was replaced as emperor by the Jin forces.