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Mufu yanxian lu 幕府燕閒錄

Oct 19, 2013 © Ulrich Theobald

Mufu yanxian lu 幕府燕閒錄 "Records from the banquets in the prefects's office", also written 幙府燕閒錄, is a "brush-notes"-style book (biji 筆記) written during the Song period 宋 (960-1279) by Bi Zhongxun 畢仲詢 (fl. 1082), courtesy name Jingru 景儒, who was prefectural judge (tuiguan 推官) in Lanzhou 嵐州 (modern Lanxian 嵐縣, Shanxi) during the Yuanfeng reign-period 元豐 (1078-1085). The word mufu in the title actually means the field tent of a general, especially if the latter has great authoritative rights and a certain grade of autonomy, but is later also used for the office of a local governor.

The book includes a lot of stories about famous persons like Fan Zhongyan 范仲淹 (989-1052) who misspelt a name of an official in a tomb inscriptions, or Ouyang Xiu 歐陽修 (1007-1072), who lamented a dog that had been trampled to death by an officials's horse, and many other less known persons like a certain Mr Wang 王某 who criticized the custom to purchase an internship at the Directorate of Education (guozijian 國子監) by a donation of grain and called such a person a "grain professor" (gubo 穀博) instead of a "Directorate's professor” (guobo 國博). The stories cover a vast range of different themes and can be used as supplementary information to the biographies of the relevant persons.

The original text had a length of 10 juan and was divided into 20 chapters. Fragments are preserved in the series Shuofu 說郛 and Songren baijia xiaoshuo 宋人百家小說.

Huang Gang 黃剛 (1996). "Mufu xianxian lu 幕府燕閑錄", in Jiang Zuyi 蔣祖怡, Chen Zhichun 陳志椿, eds. Zhongguo shihua cidian 中國詩話辭典 (Beijing: Beijing chubanshe), 237.
Lao Hong 勞洪 (1986). "Mufu yanxian lu 幕府燕閑錄", in Zhongguo da baike quanshu 中國大百科全書, part Zhongguo wenxue 中國文學 (Beijing/Shanghai: Zhongguo da baike quanshu chubanshe), Vol. 1, 581.
Zhu Lifang 朱麗芳, Tong Xiangqing 仝相卿 (2017). "Beisong Mufu yanxian lu sanxian shiliao bianxi 北宋《幕府燕閑錄》散見史料辨析", Guangdong shehui kexue 廣東社會科學, 2017 (3): 125-132.