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Pingmanlu 平蠻錄

Aug 16, 2019 © Ulrich Theobald

The book Pingmanlu 平蠻錄 describes the suppression by the Ming dynasty 明 (1368-1644) of a rebellion of native tribes in 1500 in Pu'an 普安, Guizhou, under the leadership of the female chieftain (zeifu 賊婦 "bandit woman") Milu 米魯. It took Wang, at that time supreme military commander in Guizhou, five months to burn down more than 1,000 stockaded villages before the natives surrendered. The texts is mainly extracted from memorials to the throne.

It was written by Wang Shi 王軾 (jinshi degree 1464), courtesy name Yongjing 用敬, posthumous title Xiangjiangong 襄簡公, from Gong'an 公安. He was Minister of War (bingbu shangshu 兵部尚書) in Nanjing 南京.

The Pingmanlu is described in the book catalogue Siku quanshu zongmu tiyao 四庫全書總目提要, Cunmu 存目 section and included in the series Jilu huibian 紀錄彙編, Congchu jicheng chubian 叢書集成初編, and Zhongguo yeshi jicheng 中國野史集成.

Source:
Siku quanshu zongmu tiyao 四庫全書總目提要, 53.