When Zhao Kuangyin, the great ancestor of the Song Dynasty, established the Song Dynasty, there were still some separatist regimes. The task of unifying the country was not completed until his brother Zhao Guangyi became emperor. After Zhao Guangyi ascended the throne, he was renamed Zhao Guangling, known as Taizong of the Song Dynasty.
After unifying the whole country, Emperor Taizong of Song Dynasty was determined to promote traditional culture and ordered to sort out all kinds of ancient books. At the same time, it also attaches importance to the collection of various ancient cultural materials. During the period of Taiping Xingguo (976-983). He ordered the compilation of Taiping Guangji, Taiping Yulan and Wenyuan Yinghua, which made important contributions to the preservation and development of China’s cultural heritage.
Seven or eight out of ten ancient books cited in Taiping Yulan can no longer be seen. Therefore, it can be said that it was a collection of cultural knowledge before the Northern Song Dynasty. The book was originally called Taiping Bian LAN. After it was compiled, song Dazhong attached great importance to it and stipulated that he should read three volumes a day and finish them all a year later; Therefore, it was renamed “Taiping Yulan”, which means the book read by the emperor during the period of Taiping Xingguo.
Song Taizong’s political affairs were very busy. He often failed to read the book as planned because of dealing with other things, so he made up reading in his spare time. The courtiers were afraid that he would read for too long, which would affect his health. Taizong said, “as long as you open the book and read, there will be benefits, so I don’t feel tired.”
Reading is always good.