Did Cao Cao Really Break Into Zhang Rang's House?

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Did Cao Cao Really Break Into Zhang Rang's House?

Unread postby Tyrone8934 » Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:17 pm

Rafe De Crespigny (2010) said

"The Yitong zayu “Comparisons and Comments” by Sun Sheng of the fourth century records that on one occasion Cao Cao broke into the mansion of the powerful eunuch Zhang Rang, and when he was discovered he danced with a hand-axe in the courtyard, then leapt over the wall to make his escape. Sun Sheng goes on to say that his fighting skills made it impossible for anyone to harm him, but we may assume that his family connections also served to protect him" (p. 30).

Did this really happen? How reliable a source is Sun Sheng?


De Crespigny, Rafe. (2010). Imperial warlord: A biography of Cao Cao. Australia: Brill
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