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

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Among Heroes, Lu Bu Tales from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Among Heroes, Lu Bu; Among Horses, Red Hare

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 LOOK inside THE Book: Maps

A LOOK inside THE Book: RESEARCH

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 Bu 呂布, courtesy name Lu …
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 Later Han period (25-220) and …
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 from assassins in the Southlands. …
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, Lu Bu, at Chang’an. Dong …
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 name “Yellow Scarves” is Huang …
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 place: born in Zhuojun in …
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: born in Qiao, Principality of …
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, Zhejiang).   Died naturally at Jianye. …
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 not allowed to enter the …
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 a key figure in selecting …
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 later authors probably confused 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 famine and scarcity for this …