Liu Mei

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Liu Mei
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Gong Mei
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Liu Shiji
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Liu Mei (c. 962 – c. 1021, courtesy name Shiji), born Gong Mei, was a Song dynasty official and general. Originally a silversmith, he rose to power after his protégé (possibly even wife) Lady Liu, whom he sold in poverty, became an empress. Because Empress Liu had no non-marital relatives, she claimed him as her brother. Liu Mei rose as high as Inspector in Chief of the Metropolitan Cavalry Command, and married a granddaughter of the Wuyue king Qian Chu.

References[edit]

  • Toqto'a; et al. (1345). Song Shi [Song History] (in Chinese).
  • Chaffee, John (2001). "The Rise and Regency of Empress Liu (969–1033)". Journal of Song-Yuan Studies (31): 1–25.