Han Fu (warlord)

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Han Fu
Warlord of the Han dynasty
Born (Unknown)
Died 191
Traditional Chinese 韓馥
Simplified Chinese 韩馥
Pinyin Hán Fù
Wade–Giles Han Fu
Courtesy name Wenjie (simplified Chinese: 文节; traditional Chinese: 文節; pinyin: Wénjié; Wade–Giles: Wen-chieh)

Han Fu (died 191), courtesy name Wenjie, was a government official and warlord who lived in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He was the governor of Ji Province (present day southern Hebei) when the Yellow Turban Rebellion broke out in 184.

In Romance of the Three Kingdoms[edit]

In the 14th-century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Han Fu was one of the warlords who joined the campaign against Dong Zhuo. After the coalition broke out, he returned to Ji Province. Yuan Shao, whose troops are supported by Han Fu begins to look at the options to remove his dependency on the food shipment from Han Fu to maintain his troops. Following Pang Ji's advice, Yuan Shao pretended to be willing to divide Han Fu's territory with Gongsun Zan if he attacks Han Fu. Seeing the incoming invasion from Gongsun Zan, the frightened Han Fu surrendered his territory to Yuan Shao although a number of officials pleaded for him to reconsider. After Yuan Shao took over Ji Province, he kept the territory for himself, which infuriated Gongsun Zan, and stripped Han Fu off his rank. The disappointed Han Fu left everything, including his family and went to seek refuge with Zhang Miao of Chenliu. However, when he heard Yuan Shao's messenger met Zhang Miao's, he killed himself.

Appointments and titles held[edit]

  • Palace Assistant Imperial Clerk (御史中丞)
  • Governor of Ji Province (冀州牧)

See also[edit]