Biography (SGYY): Xie Jing

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Xie Jing
(AD ?–222)

Sanguo yanyi Officer Biography
Author Notes in Blue
Authored by Sam Wrest

Xie Jing

Xie Jing, styled Shufa, was a commander serving the kingdom of Wu, often thought of as a man of great bravery by those in the Southland.

In AD 222, Liu Bei launched a massive campaign against the Southland. Initially, Sun Huan boasted he could undertake the defence and repel the invasion, and when asked how he intended to do so by the south’s ruler, Sun Quan, he replied: “I have two commanders under me, Li Yi and Xie Jing—both men of unconquerable courage. I ask for thirty to fifty thousand troops to take Liu Bei alive.”

Sun Quan agreed to Huan’s proposal and after placing under his command fifty thousand troops, Xie Jing set off with the army to confront Liu Bei’s forces at Yidu. After a string of camps had been established by the southerners, Xie Jing mounted and rode out to the entrance of the formation along with Sun Huan and Li Yi. From his vantage point, Jing could see Riverlands commanders Guan Xing and Zhang Bao riding out from the Shu encampment; the latter of which had begun charging directly for Sun Huan. Seeing this, Xie Jing urged his own mount forward and attacked Bao, exchanging more than thirty bouts with the commander before returning to his own line. Wild fighting ensued between each force, resulting in heavy casualties for both, but when Li Yi fell to an attack made by Guan Xing, Xie Jing and the rest of the southerners retired the field.

The next day, Xie Jing and the Wu army appeared in force once again, but when Sun Huan was defeated in a clash with Guan Xing, they were forced to defend their encampments against a frenzied assault. The southerners were further attacked by commanders Zhang Bao, Wu Ban, Zhang Nan and Feng Xi, and Xie Jing began organising a defence against them. Whilst doing so, he came upon Zhang Bao and attacked him immediately, but this time he was speared through and killed. (1)

1: Historically, Xie Jing did not die during Liu Bei’s campaign against the Southland, though it is uncertain exactly how he did.

Copyright © 2005 Sam Wrest
Based on the novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, attributed to Luo Guanzhong