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Empress Gan; Empress Kan; 甘皇后

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Empress Gan 甘皇后

Lived: AD ?–c.222


Served: Shu

Concubine and later Empress of Liu Bei. She was a native of Pei.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Empress Kan
Simplified Chinese: 甘皇后
Pronunciation: Gan1 Huang2hou4
Cantonese (Yale): Gam Wonghau
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Gam Wonghau

Birthplace: Pei

Other Names: Lady Gan

Family and Relationships

Liu Bei (Husband); Liu Shan (Son)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Did not die in 209, as presented by the novel. Rather, she died shortly before Liu Bei did. [SGZ]
  • Was rescued alongside Liu Shan at Changban by Zhao Yun. [SGZ]

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 15, 22, 2528, 34, 41, 42, 54, 85

Sanguozhi: Shu 34



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April 10, 2023