AMONG HEROES, LU BU
TALES FROM LUO GAUNZHONG'S
ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS

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Among Heroes, Lu Bu

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The Han Empire is falling. Mighty warlords raise up, vying for control to claim the ultimate glory of establishing China’s next great dynasty. It is a time of cunning villains and great heroes, of beautiful temptresses and brutal tyrants. One man stands above them all—Lu Bu, the mighty warrior, riding on Red Hare, the horse of legend that can run a thousand li. All who challenge him on the battlefield fall before his great halberd; his mighty bow has ended wars with a single shot. But will his might and courage alone be enough to win an empire and determine the future of all China?

Romance of the Three Kingdoms is contributed to Luo Guanzhong in the Ming dynasty, and it has been a literary treasure to China for over 600 years. This historical epic is brought to vibrant life, so that you may enjoy the stories through the perspective of the original 14th century audience. This series is extracted from the full text edition translated by C. H. Brewitt-Taylor with modern Chinese spellings, augmented with over 200 historical illustrations, deep-dive commentaries, maps, and timelines to help the reader immerse themselves into the chaos of 2nd century China in the Age of Heroes of the Later Han and the Three Kingdoms period.

A LOOK inside THE Book: Illustrations

A portrait of Diaochan from a Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (WP 2010). Sources: WP: Wikipedia author unknown (2010).  Illustrations from Ming and Qing Dynasty editions of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.  Upload to Wikipedia 2010.  Accessed Jan. 2020 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.  Image is in …

A portrait of Ji Ling from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

A portrait of Ma Chao from a Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (WP 2010). Sources: WP: Wikipedia author unknown (2010).  Illustrations from Ming and Qing Dynasty editions of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.  Upload to Wikipedia 2010.  Accessed Jan. 2020 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.  Image is …

A portrait of Ma Teng from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

An illustration of Cao Cao in the Sancai Tuhui by Wang Qi (Wang c. 1607). Sources: Wang Qi (c. 1607).  A Ming dynasty illustration of Cao Cao in the Sancai Tuhui.  Accessed Jan. 2020 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cao_Cao_scth.jpg.  Image is in the public domain.

A portrait of Lu Boshe from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

A portrait of Cao Hong from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

A portrait of Guan Yu in the Sancai Tuhui by Wang Qi (Wang c. 1607). Sources: Wang Qi (c. 1607).  A Ming dynasty illustration in the Sancai Tuhui.  Accessed Jan. 2020 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.  Image is in the public domain.

A portrait of Han Sui from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

A portrait of Guo Jia from a Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (WP 2010). Sources: WP: Wikipedia author unknown (2010).  Illustrations from Ming and Qing Dynasty editions of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.  Upload to Wikipedia 2010.  Accessed Jan. 2020 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.  Image is …

A portrait of Liu Biao from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

A portrait of Liu Bei from a Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (WP 2010). Sources: WP: Wikipedia author unknown (2010).  Illustrations from Ming and Qing Dynasty editions of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.  Upload to Wikipedia 2010.  Accessed Jan. 2020 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.  Image is …

A portrait of He Jin from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

A portrait of Jia Xu from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

A portrait of the Four Great Chinese Beauties, by the Chinese artists Wang Meifang and Zhao Guojing (Wang c. 2000). Sources: Wang Meifang and Zhao Guojing (c. 2000).  Portrait of Diaochan.  Creation unknown, c. 2000.  Accessed Jan. 2020 – https://www.artnet.com/artists/wang-meifang-and-zhao-guojing/

A portrait of Kong Rong from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

A portrait of Diaochan from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

A portrait of Cao Hong from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

A portrait of Diaochan from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, by the Chinese artists Wang Meifang and Zhao Guojing (Wang c. 2000). Sources: Wang Meifang and Zhao Guojing (c. 2000).  Portrait of Diaochan.  Creation unknown, c. 2000.  Accessed Jan. 2020 – https://www.artnet.com/artists/wang-meifang-and-zhao-guojing/

A portrait of Ding Yuan from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

A portrait of Zhang Fei from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

A portrait of Gongsun Zan from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

An illustration of Liu Bei, the Emperor of Shu Han (Tang dynasty painting by Yan Liben) from the Thirteen Emperors Scroll (Yan c. 650). Sources: Yan Liben (c. 650).  Thirteen Emperors Scroll – Liu Bei, the Emperor of Shu Han, Sun Quan, the Emperor of Wu.  Tang dynasty painting, Boston …

A portrait of Han Emperor Xian from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s …

A portrait of Chen Gong from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

An illustration of Lu Bu from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

Illustration of Sun Jian from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign Memorials …

A portrait of Dong Zhuo from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

A portrait of Huang Gai from a Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (WP 2010). Sources: WP: Wikipedia author unknown (2010).  Illustrations from Ming and Qing Dynasty editions of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.  Upload to Wikipedia 2010.  Accessed Jan. 2020 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.  Image is …

A portrait of Dian Wei from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign …

Illustration of Sun Ce from a 19th century Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (ZT 2011). Sources: ZT: Zantam03 (2011).  Portraits of Characters from a Qing Dynasty edition of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Zengxiang Quantu Sanguo Yanyi (1896).  Gongjin’s Campaign Memorials …

An illustration of Sun Quan, the Emperor of Wu (Tang dynasty painting by Yan Liben) from the Thirteen Emperors Scroll (Yan c. 650). Sources: Yan Liben (c. 650).  Thirteen Emperors Scroll – Liu Bei, the Emperor of Shu Han, Sun Quan, the Emperor of Wu.  Tang dynasty painting, Boston Museum …

A portrait of Hua Tuo from a Qing Dynasty edition of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms (WP 2010). Sources: WP: Wikipedia author unknown (2010).  Illustrations from Ming and Qing Dynasty editions of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.  Upload to Wikipedia 2010.  Accessed Jan. 2020 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.  Image is …

A LOOK inside THE Book: Maps

A LOOK inside THE Book: RESEARCH

Lifespan: (182-252), died at age 70.   Age 7 when Dong Zhuo seized the Imperial government (189).   Age 14 when Cao Cao seized the Imperial government (196).   Age 18 during the Battle of Guandu (200).   Age 26 during the Battle of Chibi (Red Cliff)(208). Birth/Death place: born in Fuchun (modern Fuyang, …

Lifespan: (?-192), given that his mother was murdered at age 90 when he was assassinated, she probably was no older than 30 when he was born, gives him an approximate age of 60-70 years old at death. Birth/Death place: born in Lintao (modern Minxian, Gansu).  Assassinated by his foster son, …

There is no historical record of any engagement taking place at Tiger Trap Pass during this period and Si River Pass does not exist.  The Hou Hanshu records a battle that the warlord Sun Jian had with Dong Zhou’s forces in the mountainous area south-east of Luoyang.  Luo Gaunzhong and …

The Yellow Scarves Rebellion (184 AD) is the introductory event to the epic of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms and the first of a long line of events signifying to the reader that both nobles and common people recognized the Han dynasty was nearing its end. In Chinese, the …

In the earlier part of this chapter, Cao Cao transferred the seat of the Emperor Xian to his own residence in Xuchang with one of his arguments made to the Imperial court that he had secure supplies of foodstuff.  The point seems pedantic, but this was a time of great …

Lifespan: (155-191), died at age 36.  Age 34 when Dong Zhuo seized the Imperial government (189). Birth/Death place: born in Fuchun (modern Fuyang, Zhejiang).  Died on campaign against Liu Biao’s forces at the Battle of Xiangyang. Sun Jian, courtesy name Sun Wentai, was a warlord at the end of the …

Lifespan: (155-220), died at age 65.  Age 34 when Dong Zhuo seized the Imperial government (189).  Age 41 when he seized the Imperial government (196).  Age 45 when he fought at the Battle of Guandu (200).  Age 53 when he fought at the Battle of Chibi (Red Cliff)(208). Birth/Death place: …

Lifespan: (161-223), died at age 62.  Age 28 when Dong Zhuo seized the Imperial government (189).  Age 35 when Cao Cao seized the Imperial government (196).  Age 39 when he fought at the Battle of Guandu (200).  Age 47 when he fought at the Battle of Chibi (Red Cliff)(208). Birth/Death …

Eunuchs have a long and turbulent history in the Imperial governments of China.  They were generally the only men other than the emperor who were allowed to enter the inner courtyards where the imperial family lived.  Other men including officials, military guards, and even male relatives of the emperor were …

Lifespan: (?-199), given that he was considered by the 38 year old Liu Bei as “older brother,” he was probably mid-to-late forties when he died. Birth/Death place: born in Jiuyuan 九原 in Wuyuan Commandery (modern Baotou 包頭, Inner Mongolia).  Died at Xiapi, executed by Cao Cao as a POW. Lu …

First Tier Ranks— As mentioned in chapter 1, the role of Imperial Guardian was the highest civil office at this time with the role of Regent-Marshal as the highest military office.  There was no “Prime Minister” (Chengxiang or Xiangguo). As the guardian of the heir apparent, the Imperial Guardian was …

Lifespan: (174-200), died at age 26.  Age 15 when Dong Zhuo seized the Imperial government (189).  Age 22 when Cao Cao seized the Imperial government (196).  Age 26, but died around the time of the Battle of Guandu (200). Birth/Death place: born in Fuchun (modern Fuyang, Zhejiang).  Died of wounds …