The OLD BOOK OF TANG, or simply the BOOK OF TANG, is the first
classic historical work about the
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Old Book of Tang
The book began when Later Jin 's founding emperor Shi Jingtang ordered its compilation in 941. The original chief editor was Zhao Ying (趙瑩), who was also the chancellor then. However, by the time of its completion, Liu Xu had become chancellor and taken over the work of organisation; as a result he was credited as chief editor when the work was presented in 945 to Emperor Chu of Jin .
Being a relatively quickly compiled work of official history, the Old Book of Tang was a compilation of earlier annals, now lost; it further incorporates other monographs and biographies, using as sources (for instance) the Tongdian of Du You . These sources were often directly copied from records and earlier histories, and the result would be severely criticised during the Northern Song ; Emperor Renzong of Song , for example, called the book "poorly organised, burdened with unimportant details, wanting in style and poorly researched". These errors even included duplicated biographies of characters.
Because of these criticisms, in 1044 a new history of the Tang dynasty was commissioned; with Ouyang Xiu and