Encyclopedia: Huan Jie

Huan Jie (Boxu); Huan Chieh (Po-hsü); 桓階 (伯緒)

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Huan Jie (Boxu) 桓階 (伯緒)

Lived: AD ?–c.223

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Served: Liu Biao, Zhang Xian, Wu, Wei

Negotiated the return of Sun Jian’s body. Involved with Xian’s abdication.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Huan Chieh (Po-hsü)
Simplified Chinese: 桓阶 (伯绪)
Pronunciation: Huan2 Jie1 (Bo2xu4)

Birthplace: Changsha

Other Names: Huan Ji (桓楷), Huan Kai

Name Notes: Huan Jie (桓階) in novel chapters 7 and 8; Huan Ji in the threekingdoms.com edition chapters 7 and 8 and Huan Jie (桓楷) in chapters 79 and 80. We recognize them as the same person; see ‘Fact vs. Fiction’ for more information. Huan K’ai (Huan Kai) in the C.H. Brewitt-Taylor translation.

Rank and Titles

Palace Attendant; Master of Writing

Family and Relationships

Huan Sheng (Father); Huan Zhao (Grandfather); Huan Yi (Brother)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • We consider Huan Jie (桓階) of novel chapters 7 and 8 to be the same person as Huan Jie (桓楷) of chapters 79 and 80. Historic records have Huan Jie serving both forces with no reference to separate people. [Rafe: GoS; SGZ: Wei 22]

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 7, 8, 79, 80

Sanguozhi: Wei 1, Wei 2, Wei 3, Wei 4, Wei 12, Wei 22, Wei 24, Shu 9, Wu 2

Zizhi tongjian: 60, 62, 67-69


Sanguo Yanyi

Huan Jie, styled Boxu, originally served in Wu, where he was sent to Liu Biao to negotiate the return of Sun Jian’s body in exchange for their prisoner, Huang Zu. He later found himself in service to Wei, where he was heavily involved with Emperor Xian’s abdication in favor of Cao Pi, ending the Han Dynasty.



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April 10, 2023