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Mu Guiying (in the center) from a 19th century mural painting at the Long Corridor of Summer Palace in Beijing.
Mu Guiying was the daughter of a bandit, and well-trained in Martial Arts. She met her future husband when he came to demand an artifact on the order of his father, a Marshall for the Northern Song Dynasty. Of course, she refused to relinquish it, and so they fought a duel. After Yang Zongbao lost, he demanded death in place of capture. Instead, Mu proposed to him, and they were married.
Years, and many adventures, later, Zongbao was killed during an attempted invasion by the Western Xia. Mu responded by gathering 12 other Yang widows, and taking up arms against the Western Xia. These were the “women generals of the Yang family.”