Well, it’s certainly not Zhang, I can say that for certain…
Taishi is a pretty rare one - any two-character surname is probably going to be very rare (with the obvious exceptions of the Xiahous and Zhuges).
Gongsun, Guanqiu, etc.
The rarest, though, is probably Ou. as in Ou Xing, the bandit Sun Jian killed in 187. I can’t think of anyone else with that surname; I think you have to turn to the tribes to find anything more rare.
Well, it’s nice to hear him getting some praise somewhere. Sorry for my earlier mistake.
It’s not a fair representation of Liao Hua at all. That proverb certainly stems from the Romance, rather from the real Liao Hua. I’m going to write a nice long thing about him at some point in the near future, but in basic:
Liao Hua, while not very successful, fought a huge number of battles and performed well in all of them. Though he lost pretty much every battle he fought, it was because he was stuck following the orders of guys like Guan Yu, Zhuge Liang, and Jiang Wei - three men who, historically, were pretty terrible at the whole “army” thing. He was one of the last talented generals of Shu and one of the state’s most respected figures. He’s scorned due to his depiction in the Romance, and he doesn’t deserve that at all.
This post, and the ones it links to, should cover my thoughts on that subject pretty well, though I might be able to elaborate my points a bit better now.
I’ll admit, I’m very confused here because the woman I’ve mentioned most recently is Yuan Shao’s mother. So I’m going to have to assume you’re asking about her.
And in that case, I guess she must!
Yep, that sort of thing will really be intimidating alright.
It was a scary time.
It’d actually be kind of nice if they actually developed that relationship more. Seeing two friends torn apart by war could actually be a very nice thing for both of them as characters.
Plenty. It can be hard to keep track of all of them.
There are a whole lot of talented Shu generals and scholars who get overshadowed by their far-less-talented-but-much-more-famous colleagues. Fei Yi, Wang Ping, Ma Zhong, Liao Hua, and Zhang Yi are the first who jump to mind, with a long list of others behind them.
In Wu, Lü Fan is always pushed out in favor of Zhou Yu, and Sun Ben is always just replaced with Sun Ce. And pretty much all of the generals from Wu’s Imperial era are ignored completely.
In Wei/Jin, it’s probably too many to name. As many highly-praised Wei generals as there are, there are still a few dozen talented people who disappear in favor of more famous figures.
Yeah, I can’t imagine my superiors responded well to that story.