Man of Prowess or Errant Vassal: Nang Ton Phuc's 11th century Bid for Autonomy Along the Sino-Vietnamese Frontier

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James A. Anderson, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: In late 1038, the Tai-speaking Sino-Vietnamese frontier chieftain Nùng Tôn Phúc (or Toàn Phúc)(? -1039) made his bid to be king.1 Tôn Phúc's grab for power was as bloody as it was sudden when in late autumn he allegedly murdered both his brother and brother-in-law, and seized their lands. Tôn Phúc gave his newly amalgamated realm the hopeful name Kingdom of Longevity and took for himself the exalted title "Luminous and Sage Emperor."2 He gave his eldest son Ming Ton Thông (? -?) the military title King of the Southern Command and his wife A Nung (? -1054) the title Enlightened and Virtuous Empress Dowager.3 Tôn Phúc then broke off all ties with the Vietnamese ruler Ly Phât Ma ((Thai Tang , r. 1028-1054), who was his principal patron and leader of the expanding ai Cô Viêt (968-1054) kingdom.

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Southeast Review of Asian Studies 22 (2002).
Language: English
Date: 2002
Vietnam, Nùng Tôn Phúc, Toàn Phúc, China, Southeast Asia, history, Rebellion, Power structures, Communities

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