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Fazang The Court Politician.

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As a court priest for over three decades, Fazang was actively involved in politics during a crucial period in history. This chapter has two purposes. On the one hand, through various facts about Fazang the chapter throws some light on significant historical events and illustrates how these were shaped in part by Fazang’s political shrewdness and religious vision. On the other, it explores the intellectual and historical contexts for Fazang’s importance as a court chaplain. These touch on specific events on the eve of Empress Wu’s epochal dynasty-founding of 690 and those concerning the political transitions around 705 and 710. Understanding Fazang’s political role requires a view of approximately fifty years of Empress Wu’s own political life.

Keywords: Empress Wu; Fazang; politician



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