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Cui Yi; Ts‘ui I; 崔毅

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Cui Yi 崔毅


Lived: Unknown

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Served: Han

Served Han under Emperor Ling. Cui Lie’s brother.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Ts‘ui I
Simplified Chinese: 崔毅
Pronunciation: Cui1 Yi4
Cantonese (Yale): Cheui Ngai
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Ceoi Ngai

Name Notes: Referenced incorrectly as ‘Sui Lie’ in Brewitt-Taylor’s translation and other sources.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 3

Cui Yi


Sanguo Yanyi

Cui Yi was brother of Cui Lie, the late Emperor’s Minister of the Interior, and had retired from government due to corruption caused by the Ten Regular Attendants. In AD 189, when the Ten Regular Attendants lost their authority in Luo Yang, numerous Han commanders including Yuan Shao entered the capital to find and slay them. Zhang Rang with Duan Gui escaped the chaos, but not before abducting Emperor Bian and Prince Xie (later Emperor Xian).

Min Gong caught up with them, Zhang Rang drown himself, and he later executed Duan Gui, but Emperor Bian and Prince Xie were separated, and later found Cui Yi’s farm. Once he learned who they were, he sheltered and fed them until Min Gong arrived. Content with his intentions, he released the young members of the imperial family to Ming Gong, and gave Emperor Bian his only horse. They were returned safely to the capital.



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April 10, 2023