Yuwen Hu

Yuwen Hu (513–572), courtesy name Sabao (薩保, also a title, which can be traced back to sartpāw “caravan leader”, but was used as given name, in many cases by Buddhists - referring to the metaphorical meaning of wise leader), formally Duke Dang of Jin, was a regent of the Xianbei dynasty Northern Zhou in China.wikipedia
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Emperor Wu of Northern Zhou

Emperor WuYuwen YongWu Di
In 560, he poisoned Emperor Ming, who was succeeded by another son of Yuwen Tai, Emperor Wu.
As was the case of the reigns of his brothers Emperor Xiaomin and Emperor Ming, the early part of his reign was dominated by his cousin Yuwen Hu, but in 572 he ambushed Yuwen Hu and seized power personally.

Emperor Gong of Western Wei

Emperor GongGong DiGong of Western Wei
In 557, he forced Emperor Gong of Western Wei to yield the throne to Yuwen Jue (Emperor Xiaomin), establishing Northern Zhou.
He carried little actual power, and in 556, after Yuwen Tai's death, Yuwen Tai's nephew Yuwen Hu, serving as guardian to Yuwen Tai's son Yuwen Jue, forced Emperor Gong to yield the throne to Yuwen Jue, ending Western Wei and starting Northern Zhou.

Emperor Ming of Northern Zhou

Emperor MingYuwen YuMing Di
However, Yuwen Hu dominated the political scene, and after Emperor Xiaomin tried to seize power later that year, he killed Emperor Xiaomin and replaced him with another son of Yuwen Tai, Emperor Ming.
He was made emperor after his younger brother Emperor Xiaomin was deposed and killed by the regent Yuwen Hu.

Emperor Xiaomin of Northern Zhou

Yuwen JueEmperor XiaominXiaomin
He first came into prominence as the nephew of Western Wei's paramount general Yuwen Tai, and after Yuwen Tai's death in 556, he became the guardian to Yuwen Tai's son Yuwen Jue.
He was the heir of Western Wei's paramount general Yuwen Tai, and after Yuwen Tai's death in 556, his cousin Yuwen Hu, serving as his guardian, forced Emperor Gong of Western Wei to yield the throne to Yuwen Jue in spring 557, establishing Northern Zhou.

Northern Zhou

Northern Zhou dynastyZhou dynastyfrom China
Yuwen Hu (513–572), courtesy name Sabao (薩保, also a title, which can be traced back to sartpāw “caravan leader”, but was used as given name, in many cases by Buddhists - referring to the metaphorical meaning of wise leader), formally Duke Dang of Jin, was a regent of the Xianbei dynasty Northern Zhou in China.
After Yuwen Tai's death in 556, Yuwen Tai's nephew Yuwen Hu forced Emperor Gong of Western Wei to yield the throne to Yuwen Tai's son Yuwen Jue (Emperor Xiaomin), establishing Northern Zhou.

Western Wei

Western Wei dynasty
He first came into prominence as the nephew of Western Wei's paramount general Yuwen Tai, and after Yuwen Tai's death in 556, he became the guardian to Yuwen Tai's son Yuwen Jue.
In 557 Yuwen Tai's nephew Yuwen Hu deposed Emperor Gong and placed Yuwen Tai's son Yuwen Jue on the throne, ending Western Wei and establishing Northern Zhou.

Xianbei

Xianbei languageXianbicolonised by Turkic people
Yuwen Hu (513–572), courtesy name Sabao (薩保, also a title, which can be traced back to sartpāw “caravan leader”, but was used as given name, in many cases by Buddhists - referring to the metaphorical meaning of wise leader), formally Duke Dang of Jin, was a regent of the Xianbei dynasty Northern Zhou in China.

Yuwen Tai

Emperor WenYu-Wen Tai
He first came into prominence as the nephew of Western Wei's paramount general Yuwen Tai, and after Yuwen Tai's death in 556, he became the guardian to Yuwen Tai's son Yuwen Jue.
In winter 554, under Yuwen Tai's orders, Western Wei forces, commanded by Yu Jin, who was assisted by Yuwen Tai's nephew Yuwen Hu and Yang Zhong, launched a major attack on Liang.

Northern Wei

Northern Wei DynastyWeiand future dynasties
In 524, with Northern Wei's northern provinces engulfed in peasant rebellions, Yuwen Gong and his sons, along with another local leader, Heba Duba and his sons, led a counter-rebellion against one of the major rebels, Poliuhan Baling, who had taken Wuchuan earlier, and they killed Poliuhan's general Wei Kegu, temporarily restoring order.
Similarly, in 557, Yuwen Tai's nephew Yuwen Hu forced Emperor Gong of Western Wei to yield the throne to Yuwen Tai's son Yuwen Jue, ending the Western Wei and establishing the Northern Zhou.

Emperor Yuan of Liang

Xiao YiEmperor YuanYuan Di
The Western Wei army was able to capture Jiangling and put Emperor Yuan of Liang to death, declaring his nephew Emperor Xuan of Western Liang as Liang's emperor instead (albeit controlling only the Jiangling region, known in history as the Western Liang).
In winter 554, Yuwen Tai launched his attack, commanded by Yu Jin and assisted by Yang Zhong and Yuwen Tai's nephew Yuwen Hu; Xiao Cha served as guide.

Empress Dowager Chinu

Lady ChinuEmpress XuanXuan
During meetings that Emperor Wu's mother Empress Dowager Chinu would have with Yuwen Hu, she would instruct Yuwen Hu to sit at the table with her, while Emperor Wu, as the younger cousin, would stand and attend to them.
The extent of Empress Dowager Chinu's influence on political matters is unclear, but she became a passive participant in Emperor Wu's plot to remove his cousin Yuwen Hu, who controlled the political scene and who had killed both of his predecessors—his brothers – Emperor Xiaomin and Emperor Ming.

Dugu Xin

About a month after Emperor Xiaomin took the throne, two of the most senior officials, Zhao Gui the Duke of Chu and Dugu Xin the Duke of Wei, showed signs of displeasure about Yuwen Hu's hold on power.
When the Northern Zhou dynasty replaced Western Wei, Dugu Xin was created Duke of Wei, but was soon forced by the powerful regent Yuwen Hu to commit suicide for challenging him.

Jeremy Tsui

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He first gained attention with his portrayal of male lead Ji Rufeng in 2011 modern romance drama Waking Love Up, and was able to revitalise his career with the antagonist roles Yuwen Hu in the historical drama The Legend of Dugu and Li Wangping in Republican drama Siege in Fog.

Yuwen Xian

In winter 570, when the Northern Qi general Hulü Guang seized the region north of the Fen River (汾水, flowing through modern Linfen, Shanxi), Yuwen Hu turned to another brother of Emperor Wu, Yuwen Xian the Duke of Qi, for advice, and Yuwen Xian suggested that he himself could lead an army against Hulü, while Yuwen Hu himself should command the main forces but stop at Tong Province (同州, roughly modern Weinan, Shaanxi).
In 556, Yuwen Tai, after entrusting his heir apparent and Yuwen Xian's older brother Yuwen Jue to Yuwen Xian's cousin Yuwen Hu, died.

Xiao Kui

Emperor Ming of Western LiangXiao Ming DiEmperor Ming
In summer 567, when the Chen general Hua Jiao, fearful of adverse intentions of the regent Chen Xu, offered to defect with his Xiang Province (湘州, modern central Hunan), Yuwen Hu, over the opposition by the official Cui You, sent an army commanded by Emperor Wu's brother Yuwen Zhi the Duke of Wei to assist Hua and the forces of Northern Zhou's vassal Emperor Ming of Western Liang, who was also aiding Hua.
Emperor Wu of Northern Zhou and his regent Yuwen Hu commissioned Emperor Wu's brother Yuwen Zhi the Prince of Wei with an army, and Emperor Ming also gathered his own troops, commanded by his general Wang Cao, to aid Hua.

Emperor Wucheng of Northern Qi

Gao ZhanEmperor WuchengWu Cheng Di
Emperor Wucheng of Northern Qi had Lady Yan exchange letters with Yuwen Hu, intending to use her to force concessions, but fearful of another Northern Zhou attack if he angered Yuwen Hu, released her without actually securing concessions.
Meanwhile, the Northern Zhou regent Yuwen Hu had sent the official Yin Gongzheng to offer peace in return for his mother Lady Yan and his aunt (the younger sister of his father Yuwen Hao and uncle Yuwen Tai).

Prince of Lan Ling (TV series)

Prince of Lan LingPrince of Lan Ling'' (TV series)

Regent

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Yuwen Hu (513–572), courtesy name Sabao (薩保, also a title, which can be traced back to sartpāw “caravan leader”, but was used as given name, in many cases by Buddhists - referring to the metaphorical meaning of wise leader), formally Duke Dang of Jin, was a regent of the Xianbei dynasty Northern Zhou in China.

Hohhot

HuhhotHohhot, ChinaHohot
Yuwen Hu was born in 513 as a son of Yuwen Hao, a son of the local peasant leader Yuwen Gong at Wuchuan (武川, in modern Hohhot, Inner Mongolia).

Inner Mongolia

Inner Mongolia Autonomous RegionNei MongolInner
Yuwen Hu was born in 513 as a son of Yuwen Hao, a son of the local peasant leader Yuwen Gong at Wuchuan (武川, in modern Hohhot, Inner Mongolia).

Erzhu Rong

In 528, after Ge was defeated by Northern Wei's paramount general Erzhu Rong, Erzhu forcibly moved Ge's troops, including the Yuwens, to his power base at Jinyang (晉陽, in modern Taiyuan, Shandong), where he remained for several years.

Taiyuan

JinyangTaiyuan, ChinaTaiyuan Prefecture
In 528, after Ge was defeated by Northern Wei's paramount general Erzhu Rong, Erzhu forcibly moved Ge's troops, including the Yuwens, to his power base at Jinyang (晉陽, in modern Taiyuan, Shandong), where he remained for several years.

Shandong

Shandong ProvinceShantungShantung Province
In 528, after Ge was defeated by Northern Wei's paramount general Erzhu Rong, Erzhu forcibly moved Ge's troops, including the Yuwens, to his power base at Jinyang (晉陽, in modern Taiyuan, Shandong), where he remained for several years.