Lê Hiến Tông

For the second-last king of Vietnamese Lê Dynasty 1717–1786 (黎顯宗), see Lê Hiển Tông.

Lê Hiến Tông (chữ Hán: 黎憲宗;1461 – 1504) was the 6th monarch of Vietnam's Lê dynasty reigning over Đại Việt from 1497 to 1504.

He promulgated the legal code of his father Lê Thánh Tông (1442–1497) in the Khâm định Việt sử Thông giám cương mục (vi).[1] His death in 1504 marked the beginning of the crisis in sixteenth-century Đại Việt which continued eighty-eight years till the Trịnh Lords drove the Mạc dynasty from the capital Thăng Long.[2]


  1. Walter H. Slote, George A. De Vos Confucianism and the Family 1998 - Page 97 "This code was promulgated again with commentaries by his son Le Hien Tong (r. 1497-1504) (Kham Dinh Viet Su Thong Giam Cuoung Muc). As Le Thanh Tong's long reign was one of the most glorious in Vietnamese history, this emperor ..."
  2. Keith Weller Taylor, John K. Whitmore Essays into Vietnamese pasts 1995 Page 116 "The crisis in sixteenth-century Đại Việt began in 1504 with the death of Lê Hiến-tông, son of the major fifteenth-century ruler Thánh-tông. It ended eighty-eight years later as the Trịnh drove the Mạc from the capital of Thăng-long."
Preceded by
Lê Thánh Tông
Emperor of Đại Việt
Succeeded by
Lê Túc Tông
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