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Lady Bao; Lady Pao; 鮑夫人

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Lady Bao 鮑夫人

Lived: AD c.130–c.235

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Mother of Bao Chu. She lived more than 100 years.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Lady Pao
Simplified Chinese: 鲍夫人
Cantonese (Yale): Baau Fuyan
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Baau Fujan
Min-Nan: Pauw Hujin

Birthplace: Jingzhao

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Bao Chu (Son)

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Sanguozhi: Wei 18


Historic (Confirmed)

Lady Bao, born in Jingzhao, was mother Bao Chu, among other sons. In the 190s while Bao Chu and his brothers were out gathering berries for food, some bandits invaded their home and departed with Lady Bao as their captive. Upon discovering this Bao Chu’s brothers were frightened and ran, but Bao Chu, outraged at their cowardice, gave chase alone.

When Bao Chu caught up with the bandits he attacked, killing several. He withstood their counter-attack and continued to press them until one of the survivors asked what he wanted. Lady Bao was returned to him, and Bao Chu attacked again, freeing another woman who he took in as his sister-in-law.

Later Bao Chu took his mother to Jing province. In AD 200 their homeland started to seem more secure, she he returned with Lady Bao. Lady Bao could not walk and his brothers wished to construct a carriage. The idea seemed rough to Bao Chu, and instead he fashioned a basket and carried her on his back.

At more than 100 years of age Lady Bao died sometime around AD 235. Though more than seventy years of age himself, Bao Chu carried a full mourning for her. (1)

1) de Crespigny, Rafe; A Bibliographical Dictionary of the Later Han to Three Kingdoms (AD 23–220)



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April 10, 2023