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Fire and IceLi Cunxu and the Founding of the Later Tang$
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Richard L. Davis

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208975

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208975.001.0001

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Vassals and Kings

Vassals and Kings

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Fire and Ice

Richard L. Davis

Hong Kong University Press

Death has a way of destabilizing empires organized around hereditary succession, yet transitions for the Shatuo Turks proved more volatile than most. Li Keyong died of a brain tumor on the nineteenth day of the first month (908.01.19). Interment ensued months later at Daizhou, halfway between Taiyuan and Datong in northern Shanxi, where he had once served as prefect. The eldest of eight surviving sons, Cunxu succeeded as Prince of Jin, consistent with his father’s dying wishes. Twenty-seven days of rigorous mourning ensued. But even before the deceased could be laid to rest, a plot would unfold that tested the mettle of Cunxu when loyalties to persons collide with deference for traditions.

Keywords:   Later Tang Dynasty, Five Dynasties, China, Shatuo Turks, Military History, Biography, Tenth Century

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