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Runan yishi 汝南遺事

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Runan yishi 汝南遺事 "Memories of Runan" is a history of the siege and conquest of the city of Caizhou 蔡州, prefecture Runan, compiled by the Yuan period 元 (1279-1368) scholar Wang E 王鶚 (1190-1273). The book narrates, in a form of a diary, the three years long campaign of the Mongols against one of the most important cities of the Jin empire 金 (1115-1234). Wang E noted down his own experience as an eye-witness. The 4 juan "scrolls" long book was therefore of great importance for the compilation of the official dynastic history of the Jin empire, the Jinshi 金史. It has surved in fragments in the Jinshi and the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) encyclopedia Yongle dadian 永樂大典.
The Runan yishi is included in the collectanea Siku quanshu 四庫全書 and Jifu congshu 畿輔叢書.

Source: 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, p. 935.

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