Bad-Ass Female Generals: Madam Xian (II)
In the last post, Madam Xian managed to stop a whole series of rebellions, which was great. But in 589 AD, things changed. The Sui dynasty was like, totally established, but it was a real good thing. See, in my post about Princess Pingyang, I mentioned that the Sui peeps managed to unite most states together. By this time, she was like, way over 70 years old too, but that didn’t mean she was gonna rest. Nope.
More Rebellions! Oh noes!
Peeps were still rebelling and shiz, ‘cause they were still loyal to the Emperor of the Chen dynasty. When Wei Guang, this official of the Sui Emperor came, he saw that peeps were makin’ trouble. To solve the problem, he asked Madam Xian (who was still livin’ in the area)to stop this.. So she sent her grandson, Feng Hun, to be all chummy wit’ Wei Guang and helped the Sui dynasty get a hold of Lingnan.
But then, more trouble came up. Since the Sui dynasty wanted to re-built the Great Canal and the Great Wall, they increased taxes, which sucked. The tribes started gettin’ pissed again, and they all looked to this dude, Wang Zhongxuan. But Madam Xian didn’t want this shit to happen, so she sent her grandson, Feng Xuan, to stop the rebellion. Again. But Feng Xuan was all, “Grandma, I can’t do it!”
“‘Cause I’m friends wit’ one of the tribe chiefs!”
“Oh okay. Go to prison, then.”
Yup. I’m serious. She threw him in prison. She got her other grandson, Feng Weng to quell the rebellion, while she did the whole, negotiating thing. The Emperor Wendi was like, so impressed he gave her a special seal, built a mansion for her, and a status which meant that she was this kick-ass imperial general. With this, she could get her troops goin’ to protect the Sui people.
The last thing she did, though, was to expose this dude called Zhang Na. Zhang Na was like, this super corrupt official and he taxed all the minorities like there was no tomorrow. Madam Xian got so pissed, wrote a letter to the Sui court, and this dude was executed.
Death and Legacy
In 602 AD, Madam Xian was, well… It wasn’t over, though. There are temples of here in the Dianbai, Maoming and Gaozhou areas, and Haikou and Xin Po, in Hainan. And even when the Sui dynasty fell in 618 AD, her grandson, Feng Weng was still loyal to the Sui even though many peeps asked him to join the Tang. He was tryna do what his grandma, Madam Xian, did, which was to unite errbody, and protect the rights of the peeps from minority groups.
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