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Lady Wang; Lady Wang; 王夫人

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Lady Wang 王夫人

Lived: AD ?–181

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Served: Han

Mother of Liu Xie (Emperor Xian). Concubine to Emperor Ling. Poisoned by Empress He.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Lady Wang
Simplified Chinese: 王夫人
Cantonese (Yale): Wongfu Yan
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Wongfu Jan
Min-Nan: Onghu Jin

Other Names: Beauty Wang

Rank and Titles

Concubine to Emperor Ling

Family and Relationships

Wang Bao, Wang Zhang ƒ (Father); Emperor Xian [Liu Xie] (Son)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • HHS has her as the daughter of Wang Bao, of Zhao. The XHS contradicts this, showing her as daughter to Wang Zhang (presumably Wang Bao’s son).

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 2

Hou Han shu: 10


Historic (Confirmed)

Lady Wang (aka Beauty Wang) was concubine to Emperor Ling. In the summer of AD 180 she became pregnant. Fearful of angering Empress He she took drugs in an attempt to abort the child. In the spring of AD 181 Lady Wang gave birth to a son. Seven days later Empress He poisoned her and she died. (1)

1: Source: Dr. Rafe de Crespigny



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April 10, 2023