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Jihan wuzhi 季漢五志


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季漢五志 Five biographies of the minor successors of the Han Is short history on the empire of Shu, one of the Three Kingdoms. The 12-juan long book was written by the Qing period scholar Wang Fuli 王復禮, courtesy name Xuren 需人, style Caotang 草堂, from Renhe 仁和, XXX prov. He was author of numerous short texts, the most important of which are Wuyi jiuqu zhi 武夷九曲志, Wang Ziding lun 王子定論 and Jiali bianding 家禮辨定. The Jihan wuzhi was written because Wang felt that the biographies of Liu Bei 劉備 and his closest ministers in the official dynastic history Sanguozhi三國志 were too brief, and other histories on that period, like Wang Yin’s 王隱 Shuji 蜀記, often wrong. He therefore rewrote the biographies of Liu Bei (Emperor Zhaolie 昭烈帝, written as imperial annals, Zhaolie benji昭烈本紀), Zhuge Liang 諸葛亮, Guan Yu 關羽, Zhang Fei 張飛 and Zhao Yun 趙雲. His new biographies were based on a wide range of sources and therefore quite reliable. An appendix adds some information not found in the Sanguozhi.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed. 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 930.

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