Encyclopedia: Chen Yi

Chen Yi (Ziyou); Ch‘ên I (Tzŭ-yu)

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Chen Yi (Ziyou)

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Served: Han

Son of Chen Fan, plotted to depose Emperor Ling but the plan failed.

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Wade-Giles: Ch‘ên I (Tzŭ-yu)
Simplified Chinese: Undefined

Birthplace: Runan

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Chen Fan (Father)


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When Chen Fan was executed, Chen Yi was hidden by Zhu Zhen who refused to reveal the location of Chen Yi under torture. Chen Yi escaped and later met the master of astrology Xiang Kai who said “The stars are not favourable to the eunuchs. All the Yellow Gates and the Regular Attendants will surely be destroyed.”

Chen Yi plotted with Wang Fen to attack Emperor Ling’s escort when he came north, kill the eunuchs and depose the Emperor. Gathering local powerful families, they told Cao Cao who refused to join. The Grand Astrologer warned the court of a plot and the visit north was abandoned as was Chen Yi’s plan.



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April 10, 2023