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Lady Wu; Lady Wu; 夫人吳

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Lady Wu 夫人吳

Lived: AD ?–202

Biographies:

Served: Wu

Mother of Sun Quan and Sun Ce. Wife to Sun Jian. Endorsed marriage of lady Sun.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Lady Wu
Simplified Chinese: 夫人吴
Cantonese (Yale): Fuyan Ng
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Fujan Ng

Birthplace: Wu Commandary

Other Names: Dowager Wu, Dowager Marchioness

Family and Relationships

Sun Jian (Husband); Sun Ce, Sun Quan, Sun Yi, Sun Kuang (Sons); Lady Sun [Sun Shangxiang] (Daughter); Wu Jing (Younger Brother); Wu Guotai [Lady Wu] ƒ (Sister); Sun Qiang, Sun Jing, Liu Bei (Relative In-laws)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Historically, Lady Wu dies long before Lady Sun is betrothed to Liu Bei.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 7, 29, 38, 54, 55, 61

Sanguozhi: Wu 50

Biography

Historic (Confirmed)

Born in Wu commandery, she lost her parents at a young age so lived with her younger brother Wu Jing. When Sun Jian sought to marry her, her relatives disproved of him and where going to refuse Sun Jian but Lady Wu persuaded them to let her marry him to avoid risk to the family. She would bear Sun Jian four boys, including Sun Ce and Sun Quan, and one daughter.

Lady Wu showed a willingness to appeal on behalf of others to Sun Ce, two of her success being for Wang Sheng and Wei Ting. Lady Wu assisted a young Sun Quan in civil and military matters and was described as helpful. In the 7th year of Jian’an, she held audience on her deathbed with Zhang Zhao and his cohorts, giving him her last will.

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May 13, 2014