Everyone, my friend and I have discovered quite an unexpected revelation while reading the Notes in the back of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel [translation by Moss Roberts]. Apparently, Zhuge Liang was not really a good strategist at all in real life. He was an excellent politician and government official, and he was an extremely good Prime Minister, but according to official commentary, he was not really Shu's strategist. An unnamed, less-famous individual apparently was the devisor behind all of the excellent ploys that the Shu army carried out, and Zhuge Liang was given the credit in the history books, probably without his knowledge. This would greatly explain why Zhuge Liang's "Mastering the Art of War" is mostly pertaining to political and governmental affairs. My friend first discovered this and then later pointed it out to me.
I believe that Zhuge Liang's wife was known to be smart, but I don't believe she formulated military strategies. Women were usually not allowed to hold such power, and if Zhuge Liang did work with her I'm pretty sure if she was the creator of all those strategies he would let it be known somehow.
That could explain why he could not give credit where credit was due. Either way now I am a bit curious to see what other people come up with and what we all can find out. I have to say I find it hard to imagine Zhuge Liang trying to usurp the Shu-Han empire...I thought he was a cool individual and all but am not really partial to any one kingdom but the idea of him being a usurper seems hard to believe.and Zhuge Liang was given the credit in the history books, probably without his knowledge.
The_Phat_One wrote:Heck, if he that much of a fraud, no one would repsect him today, as the truth about this guy would've come out a long time ago.
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