By Ray Huang
Creates a portrait of the area and tradition of overdue imperial China via interpreting the lives of 7 popular officers and participants of the Ming ruling type
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This was not permitted under the Ming dynasty's constitution. A standing procedure established in the very early years of the dynasty had other period demanded the when the that all imperial princes, including the emperor's uncles, and sons except for the heir apparent, be permanently removed from the capital upon reaching maturity. They were given territorial titles, palatial mansions, and annual stipends for life. But, settled in the provinces, they could never enter into politics; and without the emperor's explicit approval they could not even travel.
They were in reality taking advantage of his own youthfulness. to deprive the Using morals and ethics as a pretext, they had attempted emperor of his needed counsel so that they could do what they wished to satisfy their selfish purposes. The declaration ^vent on to say punishment so far meted out was only a token penalty. Should the conspirators wish to proceed further, it promised to deal with them even more sternly. Thus a predetermined charge of treason awaited subsequent that the protestors.
Even if the remonstrance did not prevail, the public agitation produced by it would have achieved its purpose. The organizers of the campaign would then feel that they had done their best, and their deeds would in due course be registered in history. The attempted impeachment of Chang Chii-cheng proceeded in such a The first two memorials were submitted by two Han-lin academicians. They merely argued that Chang, grieving over the demise of his father, could not manage public affairs with his usual wisdom.