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Shusun Zhuangshu 叔孫莊叔 Shusun Dechen 叔孫得臣

Oct 26, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Shusun Dechen 叔孫得臣 (died 604 BCE), posthumous title Shusun Zhuangshu 叔孫莊叔, was a high minister in the state of Lu 魯 during the Spring and Autumn period 春秋 (770-5th cent. BCE). He was the son of Shusun Daibo 叔孫戴伯 and served the dukes Wen 魯文公 (r. 627-609) and Xuan 魯宣公 (r. 609-591) of Lu.

The house of Shusun 叔孫 was one of the powerful Three Huan families 三桓 that controlled the ducal house of Lu.

Shusun Zhuangshu participated in the campaign of the states of Jin 晉, Song 宋, Chen 陳, Wei 衛 and Zheng 鄭 against the statelet of Shen 沈 in 624.

In 618, he attended the funeral of King Xiang 周襄王 (r. 653-619) of the Zhou dynasty 周 (11th cent.-221 BCE) as representative of the state of Lu. He also conducted the campaign against the Taller Di tribes 長狄 of Souman 鄋瞞 and conquered their town Xian 咸. The chieftain of the Di was called Qiaoru 僑如. Having killed Qiaoru, Shusun Zhuangshu decided to use the name of the defeated enemy for his own son, Shusun Xuanbo 叔孫宣伯.

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