Outlaw King Li Zhicheng 李自成
Artwork commissioned by Sun Feiyang
Styled "闖王" or the "Dashing King" (simplified as: "闯王") The Charismatic Li Zicheng 李自成 rose from an outlaw rebel to lead a massive rebellion that toppled the terminally weakened Ming dynasty. However, Li's victory eventually allowed the Manchus to overrun China Proper.
Li Zicheng 李自成, the name Li picked for himself literally
means "Li- the self made." Like the founder of the Ming dynasty
he also came from a poor peasant's family and rose from a humble
outlaw rebel to topple an empire.
Li Zicheng was affectionately known by his followers as "闖王" or the "Dashing King" (simplified as: "闯王") Incidentally "闖" or "Dashing" is composed of a "馬" or a horse rushing through a "門" gate. Although Li Zicheng's populist uprising was eventually able to overthrow the Ming regime when he took Beijing, his brief victory- before he was immediately defeated by the Manchus. His reign had been as evanescent as a wild horse passing through a gate.
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