Emperor Taizong

In the book Zizhi Tongjian, there is a remarkable account of Emperor Taizong and his 'death agreement' with 390 death-row prisoners. (Image: meesh via flickr  CC BY 2.0 )

The Emperor and the Death Row Promise

Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty was one of the wisest and greatest emperors in Chinese history. The reign of Taizong (626-649), also known as the “era of good government of Zhenguan,” has earned the admiration of generations of Chinese…

In A.D. 629, the Tang emperor dispatched a force of over 100,000 soldiers to eliminate the northern threat posed by the Eastern Tujue. (Image:  Mu Chuan/Taste of Life)

China’s Virtuous General

The Chinese classic The Art of War thus defines a great general: “… the skillful fighter puts himself into a position that makes defeat impossible, and does not miss the moment for defeating the enemy.” Li Jing, a renowned general, helped establish…

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The Emperor and the Death Row Promise

Emperor Taizong of the Tang Dynasty was one of the wisest and greatest emperors in Chinese history. The reign of Taizong (626-649), also known as the “era of good government…

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The Magnanimous Emperor Taizong

In the 7th century A.D., China’s Sui Dynasty collapsed. Wasteful policies and civil war devastated the country and its people.

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The Emperor’s Mirror: Wei Zheng

Wei Zheng, one of the most celebrated Chinese officials of the Tang Dynasty, defied his Emperor by slaying a sinful dragon. In his sleep.

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China’s Virtuous General

The Chinese classic The Art of War thus defines a great general: “… the skillful fighter puts himself into a position that makes defeat impossible, and does not miss the moment for…