Yang Xiu (Han Dynasty)

Yang Xiu (Han Dynasty)

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Yang Xiu (Han Dynasty)

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Yang Xiu (175–219) was an advisor to the warlord Cao Cao during the late Han Dynasty period of Chinese history.


Yang Xiu was the son of the esteemed official Yang Biao and the grandson of Yang Ci. His mother, Lady Yuan, was Yuan Shu's sister. Yang Xiu served as Registrar to Cao Cao. Yang Xiu was executed in 219 for informing his friend Cao Zhi of a council's agenda so that he could prepare beforehand.


Sometime during the 200's, Yang Xiu was nominated as Filial and Incorrupt was became Registrar to Cao Cao, the Imperial Chancellor. He was said to have been skilled in both civil and military affairs and understood Cao Cao well. Because of this, Yang Xiu became an influential figure in the government.

He was a close friend of Cao Zhi and became involved in the fight between Cao Zhi and Cao Pi for succession. Yang Xiu's close links with Cao Zhi caused him misfortune during Cao Zhi's occasional misbehavior such as the incident in Ye city, where Cao Zhi drunkenly rode through the gate reserved for only the emperor. But the final blow was when Yang Xiu was discovered to have leaked the council's discussion agenda to Cao Zhi so that his friend could prepare beforehand and impress Cao Cao. Because of this and remembering his connection with Yuan Shu, Cao Cao had Yang Xiu was executed.

After his death, Cao Cao reproached Yang Xiu's father Yang Biao, who had previously retired from politics, for showing sorrow at the death of his son, but Yang Biao refused to show...
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