Prince Gao’s Occupation of Annan and the Rise of Regional Autonomy under the Late Tang 「高王」鎮守安南及唐末藩鎮割據之興起
Franciscus Verellen 傅飛嵐
September 2015
112 pages
5.5" x 8.25", 6 color illustrations
HK$80 (Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, and Taiwan only)
US$13 (Other Countries)
Paperback 978-988-12978-2-2


Gao Pian (822–887), the architect of the medieval citadel of Hanoi and of large-scale defensive and communication works in several frontier regions of China, is a towering figure in the military, political, and intellectual history of both countries. A charismatic governor and commander, inclined to the occult arts of strategy, he was a man of wide learning and curiosity, with a strong attraction to Daoism, as well as a talented poet. In turn reviled and revered, for his pivotal roles in hastening both the end of the Tang and the emergence of Vietnam, Gao Pian became the object of local cults in his own lifetime. The presence of prominent literati on his staff contributed to this renown. At the end of his career, Gao laid the foundations of an independent kingdom in Huainan under the Five Dynasties culmination of regional autonomy in post-An Lushan China.


Franciscus Verellen is chair professor in the History of Daoism at the Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO) and head of the EFEO Hong Kong Centre. A member of the French Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres and former director of the Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient (2004–2014), Franciscus Verellen has taught at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, at Columbia and Princeton Universities, UC Berkeley and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He has published widely on religion and regional culture in China, including The Taoist Canon (3 volumes, Chicago 2004, edited with Kristofer Schipper). He is a senior research fellow and member of the International Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies (CUHK), an honorary research fellow in the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole (HKU), and a member of the Expert Advisory Group “Horizon 2020” to the European Commission.