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Zhang Ren; Chang Jên; 張任

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Zhang Ren 張任

Lived: AD ?–213


Served: Liu Zhang

Remained loyal to Liu Zhang. Executed by Liu Bei. In novel, Pang Tong died in his ambush.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Chang Jên
Simplified Chinese: 张任
Pronunciation: Zhang1 Ren4  Pronunciation
Cantonese (Yale): Jeung Yam
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Zoeng Jam
Min-Nan: Thio Jim

Rank and Titles

Assistant Officer

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Did not arrange the ambush in which Pang Tong died.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 6063, 64


Internet (Trusted)

Zhang Ren was a native of Shu prefecture. His home was very poor. When young, he was very brave and had a strong will. He worked in the region as a Cong Shi

Liu Zhang sent Zhang Ren and Liu Qi to defend Fucheng, but were both defeated by the First Sovereign. They retreated, taking with them Liu Zhang’s son, Liu Xun, and maintained the defences at Luocheng. Zhang Ren and his troops went to Yan bridge to fend off the First Sovereign but was again defeated and captured. The First Sovereign knew he was very brave and loyal and asked him to surrender. Zhang Ren very loudly replied, “Your old vassal cannot serve two lords”. He was then executed. The First Sovereign felt a great loss. (1)

1) Source: Yibu Qijiu Zaji in Liu Bei’s SGZ.



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April 10, 2023