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Gongsun Gui Fu 公孫歸父

Oct 20, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

"Ducal Grandson" Gongsun Gui Fu 公孫歸父, courtesy name Zijia 子家, was a high minister in the state of Lu 魯 during the Spring and Autumn period 春秋 (770-5th cent. BCE). He was a son of Zhong Sui 仲遂 (Xiang Zhong 襄仲) and served Duke Xuan 魯宣公 (r. 609-591) from 601 to 591 as chief minister and successor of his father.

In 598, he joined the forces of Lu with the troops of some noblemen of Qi 齊 to attack the statelet of Ju 莒. As the highest politician in the state of Lu he also met the duke of Qi in 595 in Gu 谷 (modern Dong'a 東阿, Shandong) and in 594 King Zhuang of Chu 楚莊王 (r. 613-591) in Song 宋.

When the Three Huan families 三桓 became more and more influential, Gui Fu planned to ask the duke of Jin 晉 for support to get rid of these nobles. Yet during his travel to Jin, Duke Xuan of Lu died, and Gui Fu returned without having achieved his plan.

Xiong Tieji 熊鐵基, Yang Youli 楊有禮 ed. (1994). Zhongguo diwang zaixiang cidian 中國帝王宰相辭典 (Wuhan: Hubei jiaoyu chubanshe), 382.