Biography (COB): Lu Bu (Fengxian)

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Lu Bu (Fengxian)Lü Bu (Fengxian)
吕布 (奉先)

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Place of Birth: Jiuyuan, Wuyuan County (Presently an area north-west of Baotou)
Lifespan: AD 156 – 199 (43 Years)
Titles: Chief Secretary, General of the Left, Lord of a Capital Precinct, Graceful Lord

Lü Bu was a master of horse riding, archery, and armed combat. He was tall and had strong arms, because of this; he was nicknamed the “Flying General.” Fengxian was one of the foremost warriors in Chinese history.

Lü Bu originally started his career as Chief Secretary in the office of Ding Yuan, and Ding Yuan treated him as his own son. When Dong Zhuo marched into the capital and caused chaos in the Imperial Palace, Lü Bu was enchanted with the many splendid gifts from Dong Zhuo, and was talked into killing Ding Yuan.

Lü Bu was appointed Cavalry Commander and Imperial Corps Commander by Dong Zhuo successively, and was titled Lord of a Capital Precinct.

Fengxian and Dong Zhuo swore to be foster son and father, and since then Lü Bu became Dong Zhuo’s closest guard. Later on, Imperial Minister of Interior Wang Yun devised a plot to have Lü Bu kill Dong Zhuo.

After Lü Bu killed his foster father he was titled Graceful Lord and was treated as a high official. When Li Jue, Guo Si and Fan Chou attacked Chang An, Lü Bu was forced to retreat and sought refuge with Yuan Shao.

In the year AD 195, Lü Bu was defeated by Cao Cao at Juye and then went over to Liu Bei. In an attempt to surpass Liu Bei, Fengxian appointed himself as Prefect of Xu Zhou. He sought to ally himself with Yuan Shu to the south but this failed due to a plot engineered by Chen Gui.

Lü Bu then turned to Cao Cao and was appointed General of the Left. In the third year of Rebuilt Tranquility (AD 198), Lü Bu betrayed him and allied with Yuan Shu. Together they attempted to beat the allied armies of Liu Bei and Cao Cao.

Later on, Cao Cao was able to capture Lü Bu alive in Xia Pi. Lü Bu again tried to join Cao Cao, but Liu Bei dissuaded him. Cao Cao had Lü Bu strangled to death at White Gate Tower.

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