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A Portrait of Five Dynasties China: From the Memoirs of Wang Renyu (880-956)

Glen Dudbridge


The anecdotal literature of late-medieval China is not unknown, but it is under-used. This study explores two collections of anecdotal memoirs to construct a portrait of the first half of the tenth century as seen by people who lived through it. The author Wang Renyu’s adult life coincided closely with that period, and his memoirs, though not directly transmitted, can be largely reconstructed from encyclopaedia quotations. His experience led from early life on the north-west border with Tibet, through service with the kingdom of Shu, to a mainstream career under four successive dynasties in no ... More

Keywords: wang renyu, five dynasties, borderlands, hanlin academy, national crises, memoirs, textual reconstruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199670680
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Glen Dudbridge, author
Emeritus Fellow of University College and of Wolfson College, Oxford.