Emperor T’ai-tsu (reigned 1368-1398) was the founder of the Ming dynasty. He came from Hao-chou, and originally his name was Chu Yuan-chang, his style name Kuo-tuan. He was of distinguished appearance and martial spirit, but because he was orphaned as a child he entered the Huang-chueh Temple as a monk. At the end of the Yuan dynasty military leaders arose in many different areas. One of these, Kuo Tzu-hsing, seized Hao, and Chu Yuan-chang joined him. He proved militarily invincible, and these forces eventually became his own. On Kuo Tzu-hsing’s death Chu Yuan-chang was proclaimed Duke of Wu, and later King of Wu. He then proceeded to destroy Ch’en Yu-liang and Chang Shih-ch’eng. After this he captured Peking, thus extinguis hing the Yuan dynasty and making himself ruler of China. In this way he rose from commoner to emperor. His reign period was Hung-wu.