Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London : Harvard University Asia Center, 2013.
xiv, 423 p., [6] p. of plates ; 24 cm.

Covering the first two centuries of the Ming dynasty, this study explores how martial spectacles were represented in poetry, prose, and portraiture, revealing they were highly charged sites of contestation, where emperors and court ministers staked claims about rulership, ruler-minister relations, and the role of the military in the polity.