The Book of Song (simplified Chinese: 宋书; traditional Chinese: 宋書; pinyin: Sòng Shū), also called "The History of the Song", is a historical text of the Liu Song Dynasty of the Southern Dynasties of China. It covers history from 420 to 479, and is one of the Twenty-Four Histories, a traditional collection of historical records. It was written in 492–493 by Shen Yue from the Southern Qi dynasty (479–502).
The work contained 100 volumes at the time that it was written, but some volumes were already missing by the time of the Song Dynasty. Later editors reconstructed those volumes by taking material from the History of the Southern Dynasties, plus a few works such as the Historiette of Gao by Gao Jun, though many of those volumes were no longer in their original condition. Modern historians believe that there are serious problems with the text; one of them being that the book is often very unclear and is biased against the surrounding ethnic groups, including the ruling elites of Northern Wei.
- ^ Wilkinson, Endymion (2012). Chinese History: A New Manual. Harvard University Asia Center. p. 730. ISBN 978-0-674-06715-8.