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The Last Years 218–220

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In 217, concerned at the possibility that Cao Cao would take formal title as emperor, a group of officials planned to seize power at Xu city and invite Liu Beis general Guan Yu to come north to support them. Cao Cao had defeated Zhang Lu and received his surrender of Hanzhong in the last months of 215, but he left the commandery soon afterwards. Forty years old, Lü Meng had been in the service of the Sun family since the time of Sun Ce, and had shown enterprise on several occasions. As Cao Pi took his position, Cao Cao was awarded posthumous title as King Wu [the Martial] of Wei, and when Cao Pi took the imperial title for himself in the winter of that same year 220 he raised his fathers rank from King to Emperor Wu of the new dynasty.

Keywords: Cao Cao; Cao Wei; Guan Yu; Lü Meng; Liu Bei in Hanzhong; Posthumous emperor

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