Wang Kuang

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Wang Kuang (left) fleeing from Lü Bu (right), illustration from Sanguo zhizhuan pinglin (三國志傳評林), Ming dynasty
Wang Kuang
Traditional Chinese 王匡
Simplified Chinese 王匡

Wang Kuang, courtesy name Gongjie (公節), was a minor warlord who lived in the late Eastern Han Dynasty.


Wang first served under General-in-Chief He Jin, but resigned and lived as a commoner after He Jin was killed by the Ten Attendants. He rose through the ranks in the following years and soon became the Grand Administrator of Henei.[1] During the campaign against Dong Zhuo, Wang led an army to attack Dong Zhuo from the north but was defeated at the Battle of Heyang Ford. When Dong Zhuo sent Humu Ban, who married a younger sister of Wang Kuang, and other scholars to negotiate a truce, Wang Kuang ordered them to be executed. Years later, the remaining relatives of Humu Ban killed Wang in revenge.

In fiction[edit]

In Luo Guanzhong's historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, at the Battle of Hulao Pass, Wang ordered his general Fang Yue to challenge Lü Bu. Fang was defeated and slain by Lü after five rounds.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Yan Gengwang 嚴耕望 (1948), Liang Han taishou cishi biao (兩漢太守刺史表). Commercial Press. p. 111
Preceded by
Zhu Jun
Grand Administrator of Henei Commandery

189 – 191
Succeeded by
Zhang Yang