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Huang-Ming fazhuan lu 皇明法傳錄

Feb 18, 2016 © Ulrich Theobald

Huang-Ming fazhuan lu 皇明法傳錄 "Model chronicle of the August Ming", full title Huang-Ming tongji fachuan quanlu 皇明通紀法傳全錄, is a chronicle of the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) written by Gao Rushi 高汝栻 (mid-17th cent., courtesy name Zhongyan 中巖, style Shiyi 時翼).

The text is 28-juan long and is in fact an expansion of Chen Jian's 陳建 (1497-1567) 22-juan long Huang-Ming tongji 皇明通紀. Gao's draft itself was again shortened by Wu Zhen 吳楨 (1328-1379 ??? XXX). Chen's original had been supplemented by Bu Shichang 卜世昌 and Tu Heng 屠衡 and was in this shape presented to the throne in 1572. A further supplement was produced by Zhi Dalun 支大倫 (1534-1604), covering the reign of the emperors Shizong 明世宗 (r. 1521-1567, reign motto Jiajing 嘉靖) and Muzong 明穆宗 (r. 1567-1572, Longqing 隆慶).

Gao Rushi felt that these texts lacked substance, likewise similar chronicles like Shen Guoyuan's 沈國元 (mid-17th cent.) Liangchao congxin lu 兩朝從信錄 and Huang-Ming shiliuchao guanghui ji 皇明十六朝廣彙記 by Chen Jian. Gao therefore consulted further sources and critically compared these texts and created a new chronicle (named Huang-Ming fachuanlu Jia-Long ji 皇明法傳錄嘉隆紀) for the reigns of Shizong and Muzong in 6 juan, and Shenzong 明神宗 (r. 1572-1620, Wanli 萬曆), Guangzong 明光宗 (r. 1620, Taichang 泰昌) and Xizong 明熹宗 (r. 1620-1627, Tianqi 天啟) in 16 juan (called Huang-Ming xu sanchao fachuan quanlu 皇明續紀三朝法傳全錄). His intention was to create a history text that might provide "standards" (fa 法) for later generations of historians or readers. His text was nevertheless not included in the corpus of the collectanea Siku quanshu 四庫全書. It was printed in 1636.

Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰, ed. (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, 901.