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The twelve Regular Palace Attendants (Shí'èr zhōng chángshì 十二中常侍) is the referential name of twelve eunuchs enfeoffed in 185 AD. The name Twelve Regular Palace Attendants comes from a line in the Zizhi tongjian translated by Professor Rafe de Crespigny into the following sentence:

In the sixth month [of the year 185 A.D.] Zhang Rang and eleven other Regular Palace Attendants were enfeoffed as full marquises for their good work during the campaign against Zhang Jue.

It is likely that these eleven other Regular Palace Attendants were all part of Zhang Rang's faction.

HistoryEdit

In the sixth month of 185 A.D. twelve eunuchs were enfeoffed and made full marquises for their good work during the Yellow Turban campaign. All twelve Attendants are listed in History of the Later Han, 78/68. All of these names come from one sentence.

  1. Bi Lan 畢嵐
  2. Duan Gui 段珪
  3. Gao Wang 高望
  4. Guo Sheng 郭勝
  5. Han Kui 韓悝
  6. Li Song 栗嵩
  7. Song Dian 宋典
  8. Sun Zhang 孫璋
  9. Xia Yun 夏暉
  10. Zhang Gong 張恭
  11. Zhang Rang 張讓
  12. Zhao Zhong 趙忠

Though most of these Attendants had their own goals, they did work together and can be seen as a faction, when it comes to opposing Han's General-in-Chief He Jin. Zhang Rang is regarded as the leader of the faction. Enfeoffed Attendants who often worked together with him, and perhaps can be seen as the "core" of the faction, are Zhao Zhong, Bi Lan, Song Dian, Xia Yun and Duan Gui.

This list is taken from History of the Later Han 78/68; the following paragraph:

“是時讓、忠及夏惲、郭勝、孫璋、畢嵐、栗嵩、段珪、高望、張恭、韓悝、宋典十二人,皆為中常侍,封侯貴寵,父兄子弟布列州郡,所在貪殘,為人蠹害。”

It appears Zhang Rang also had other close allies, outside of the twelve enfeoffed Attendants. These were:

Dong Zhong disputed He Jin's authority and was therefore enlisted by the eunuchs to aid them. Fan Ling and Xu Xiang were appointed by the eunuchs as Colonel Director of Retainers and Intendant of Henan respectively, directly after He Jin's death. They must have been on good terms with the eunuchs to be appointed such high posts. Qu Mu was a eunuch himself and was there when He Jin was killed. In fact, he was the one who killed him.

Twelve Regular Attendants and FollowersEdit

CoreEdit

  • Zhang Rang - (leader)
  • Duan Gui - (joint/deputy leader)
  • Bi Lan
  • Song Dian
  • Xia Yu
  • Zhao Zhong

The other enfeoffed eunuchsEdit

  • Gao Wang
  • Guo Sheng
  • Han Kui
  • Li Song
  • Sun Zhang
  • Zhang Gong

AlliesEdit

  • Dong Zhong
  • Fan Ling
  • Qu Mu
  • Xu Xiang

Art GalleryEdit

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Rafe de Crespigny, (through e-mail contact). Read the mail on our forums.

SourcesEdit

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