Fang Xiaoru

Fang Xiaoru

Fang Xiaoru was an orthodox Confucian scholar-bureaucrat of the Ming Dynasty, who refused to serve Emperor Yongle, who had usurped his nephew. Fang was executed by ‘waist severing’ and he managed to write the Chinese character “篡” meaning ‘usurper’ 12 times with his own blood after being cut in half.

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