During the early years of the Western Han dynasty, the Imperial Court had adopted forming marriage alliances to the northern tribes to foster better relationships.
Two Han princesses had married the kings of WuSun.
Feng Liao (冯缭) was a maid serving the second princess Jie You (解忧公主) married off to WuSun. Feng Liao herself later married an influential WuSun general. She was said to be intelligent, beautiful, cultured and talented. Her husband was on good terms with prince Wu JiuTu of the kingdom.
In 64BC, the prince seized the throne when his father, the king, passed away.
The kingdom went into turmoil, and as Wu JiuTu's mother was a Xiong Nu (Hun), it was feared that WuSun would become a vassal of Xiong Nu against the Han dynasty.
The Han Imperial Court despatched General Xin WuXian to be stationed at DunHuang for any emergency.
[to be continued...]
Edited by snowybeagle, 12 December 2004 - 04:42 PM.