An Lushan marches south, occupying Luoyang with blinding speed and leaving the Tang Dynasty reeling. Still, ultimately the tide seems ready to turn against the rebel general and self-styled-Emperor of Yan, until Chancellor Yang Guozhong’s bungling ruins absolutely everything.
Time Period Covered:
Major Historical Actors:
Emperor Xuanzong of Tang
Chancellor Yang Guozhong (d. 756)
Consort Yang Guifei (d. 756)
Crowned Prince Li Heng
General Feng Chengqian (d. 756)
General Gao Xianzhi (d. 756)
General Geshu Han
Dong’an Protectorate/Yan Dynasty:
An Qingzong (d. 756)
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