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Tangjian 唐鑒

Jan 9, 2011 © Ulrich Theobald

Tangjian 唐鑒 (唐鑑) "Mirror of the Tang dynasty" is a historical critique to the Tang period 唐 (618-907) written by the Song period 宋 (960-1279) scholar Fan Zuyu 范祖禹 (1041-1098) and commented by Lü Zuqian 呂祖謙 (1137-1181). The book itself is 12 juan long, including the commentary 24 juan.

Although it attracted a wide readership, it was also criticized for including the reign of Empress Wu 武則天 (r. 690-704) into the reign of Emperor Zhongzong 唐中宗 (r. 683-684, 705-709) instead of treating her reign as an own ruler.

There are small-character prints from the Song and Yuan 元 (1279-1368) periods. The print from 1497 is included in the reprint series Jinhua congshu 金華叢書.

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, 1517.