Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Portrait of Five Dynasties ChinaFrom the Memoirs of Wang Renyu (880-956)$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Glen Dudbridge

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670680

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670680.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 30 March 2020

The Fall of Former Shu in 925

The Fall of Former Shu in 925

Chapter:
(p.124) 6 The Fall of Former Shu in 925
Source:
A Portrait of Five Dynasties China
Author(s):

Glen Dudbridge

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670680.003.0006

Wang Renyu’s experience of the Former Shu court in Chengdu fell within the last years of the Younger Ruler’s reign. He observed the glittering extravagance of that reign, but also the abuses of power. He left pen portraits of men with character and integrity, but also of a broader, mobile society in which confidence men, racketeers, professional gamblers, sinister clerics, and paid assassins roamed at large, and people crossed borders to further their interests or escape the law. This chapter follows the fates of individuals in those classes. It also puts marriage relationships under scrutiny. Collectively they suggest an ironic shadow lying behind the public narrative of great events. They set up a pattern of dissonance to echo the doomed regime itself.

Keywords:   Shu, Chengdu, younger ruler, borders, marriages, irony

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .