Romance of
Three Kingdoms

by Luo Guanzhong
circa 1300-1400

Online third edition

Leading all the way.
Translated by
C. H. Brewitt-Taylor

Edited by
Snow N. Snow

Commentary by
Dr Rafe de Crespigny

Foreword A few quotations from the characters in Romance of Three Kingdoms
Preface by C. H. Brewitt-Taylor and Snow N. Snow
Commentary by Dr Rafe de Crespigny
Introduction Outlines of Chinese History from Mythology to the Three Kingdoms
Overture The Beginning Song
Chapter 1 Three Heroes Swear Brotherhood In The Peach Garden;
One Victory Shatters The Rebels In Battlegrounds.
Chapter 2 Zhang Fei Whips The Government Officer;
He Jin Plots To Kill The Eunuchs.
Chapter 3 In Wenming Garden, Dong Zhuo Denounces Ding Yuan;
With Red Hare, Li Su Bribes Lu Bu.
Chapter 4 The Deposition Of The Emperor: Prince Of Chenliu Becomes Emperor;
Schemes Against Dong Zhuo: Cao Cao Presents A Sword.
Chapter 5 Cao Cao Appeals To The Powerful Lords;
The Three Brothers Fight Against Lu Bu.
Chapter 6 Burning The Capital, Dong Zhuo Commits An Atrocity;
Hiding The Imperial Hereditary Seal, Sun Jian Breaks Faith.
Chapter 7 Yuan Shao Fights Gongsun Zan At The River Pan;
Sun Jian Attacks Liu Biao Across The Great River.
Chapter 8 Wang Yun Prepares The Chaining Scheme;
Dong Zhuo Rages At Phoenix Pavilion.
Chapter 9 Lu Bu Kills Dong Zhuo For Wang Yun;
Li Jue Attacks The Capital On Jia Xu's Advice.
Chapter 10 Gathering Arms, Ma Teng Moves To Rescue The Emperor;
Commanding An Army, Cao Cao Marches to Avenges His Father.
Chapter 11 Liu Bei Rescues Kong Rong At Beihai;
Lu Bu Defeats Cao Cao Near Puyang.
Chapter 12 Tao Qian Thrice Offers Xuzhou To Liu Bei;
Cao Cao Retakes Yanzhou From Lu Bu.
Chapter 13 Li Jue and Guo Si Duel In Changan;
The Emperor Establishes Anyi The New Capital.
Chapter 14 Cao Cao Moves The Court To Xuchang;
Lu Bu Night-Raids Xuzhou.
Chapter 15 Taishi Ci Fights With The Little Prince;
Sun Ce Cuts Short The White Tiger King.
Chapter 16 In The Camp Gate, Lu Bu Shoots The Halberd;
At River Yu, Cao Cao Suffers Defeat.
Chapter 17 Yuan Shu Marches Out An Army Of Seven Divisions;
Cao Cao And Three Generals Join Forces.
Chapter 18 Giving Counsels, Jia Xu Directs A Great Victory;
Braving Battlefield, Xiahou Dun Loses An Eye.
Chapter 19 Cao Cao Fights In Xiapi;
Lu Bu Perishes At The White Gate Tower.
Chapter 20 Cao Cao Organizes A Hunting Expedition In Xutian;
Dong Cheng Receives A Secret Command In The Palace.
Chapter 21 In A Plum Garden, Cao Cao Discusses Heroes;
Using The Host's Forces, Guan Yu Takes Xuzhou.
Chapter 22 Yuan Shao And Cao Cao Both Take The Field;
Guan Yu And Zhang Fei Captures Two Generals.
Chapter 23 Mi Heng Slips His Garment And Rails At Traitors;
Ji Ping Pledges To Kill The Prime Minister.
Chapter 24 Cao Cao Murdered The Consort Dong;
Liu Bei Flees To Yuan Shao.
Chapter 25 Besieged In Tushan Mountains, Guan Yu Makes Three Conditions;
The Rescue At Baima, Cao Cao Is Released.
Chapter 26 Yuan Shao Loses Another Leader;
Guan Yu Abandons Rank And Wealth.
Chapter 27 The Man of Beautiful Beard Rides On A Solitary Journey;
Guan Yu Slays Six Generals Through Five Passes.
Chapter 28 Putting Cai Yang To Death, The Brothers' Doubts Disappear;
Meeting At Gucheng, Lord and Liege Fortify Each Other.
Chapter 29 The Little Chief Of The South Slays Yu Ji;
The Green Eyed Boy Lays Hold On The South Land.
Chapter 30 Shunning Advice, Yuan Shao Loses Leaders and Granaries;
Using Strategy, Cao Cao Scores Victory At Guandu.
Chapter 31 Cao Cao Overcomes Yuan Shao In Cangting;
Liu Bei Seeks Shelter With Liu Biao In Jingzhou.
Chapter 32 Jizhou Taken: Yuan Shang Strives;
River Zhang Cut: Xun You Schemes.
Chapter 33 A Gallant Warrior, Cao Pi Marries Lady Zhen;
An Expiring Star, Guo Jia Settles Liaodong.
Chapter 34 Behind The Screen, Lady Cai Overhears A Secret;
Across The Tan Torrent, The Dilu Horse Carries Its Master.
Chapter 35 Liu Bei Meets A Recluse At Nanzhang;
Shan Fu Sees A Noble Lord At Xinye.
Chapter 36 Shan Fu's Strategy: Fankou Is Captured;
Xu Shu's Affection: Zhuge Liang Is Recommended.
Chapter 37 Sima Hui Recommends A Scholar To Liu Bei;
Liu Bei Pays Three Visits To The Sleeping Dragon Ridge.
Chapter 38 Zhuge Liang Plans For The Three Kingdoms;
Sun Quan Attacks Xiakou To Take Revenges.
Chapter 39 At Jingzhou The Son Of Liu Biao Thrice Begs Advice;
At Bowang Slope The Directing Instructor Plans His First Battle.
Chapter 40 Lady Cai Renounces Jingzhou;
Zhuge Liang Burns Xinye.
Chapter 41 Liu Bei Leads His People Over The River;
Zhao Yun Rescues The Child Lord At Dangyang.
Chapter 42 Screaming Zhang Fei Triumphs At Long Slope Bridge;
Defeated Liu Bei Goes To Hanjin.
Chapter 43 Zhuge Liang Disputes With The Southern Scholars;
Lu Su Denounces The Majority Opinion.
Chapter 44 Zhuge Liang Stirs Zhou Yu To Actions;
Sun Quan Decides To Attack Cao Cao.
Chapter 45 At The Three Gorges, Cao Cao Loses Soldiers;
In The Gathering Of Heroes, Jiang Gan Is Trapped.
Chapter 46 Using Strategy, Zhuge Liang Borrows Arrows;
Joining A Ruse, Huang Gai Accepts Punishment.
Chapter 47 Kan Ze Presents The Treacherous Letter;
Pang Tong Suggests Chaining The Ships Together.
Chapter 48 Banquet On The Great River, Cao Cao Sings A Song;
Battle On Water, The Northern Soldiers Fight With Chained Ships.
Chapter 49 On Seven-Star Altar, Zhuge Liang Sacrifices To The Winds;
At Three Gorges, Zhou Yu Liberates The Fire.
Chapter 50 Zhuge Liang Foresees The Huarong Valley Episode;
Guan Yu Lifts His Saber To Release Cao Cao.
Chapter 51 Cao Ren Fights The South Land's Troops;
Zhuge Liang Angers Zhou Yu.
Chapter 52 Zhuge Liang Negotiates With Lu Su;
Zhao Yun Captures Guiyang.
Chapter 53 Guan Yu Releases Huang Zhong;
Sun Quan Fights With Zhang Liao.
Chapter 54 The Dowager Marchioness Sees Her Son-In-Law;
The Imperial Uncle Takes A Worthy Consort.
Chapter 55 Liu Bei Rouses The Spirit Of Lady Sun;
Zhuge Liang A Second Time Angers Zhou Yu.
Chapter 56 Cao Cao Feasts In The Bronze Bird Tower;
Zhuge Liang Provokes Zhou Yu A Third Time.
Chapter 57 Sleeping Dragon Mourns At Chaisang;
Young Phoenix Intervenes At Leiyang.
Chapter 58 Ma Chao Launches An Expedition For Revenge;
Cao Cao Flees The Field In Disguise.
Chapter 59 Xu Chu Strips For A Fight With Ma Chao;
Cao Cao Writes A Letter To Sow Dissension.
Chapter 60 Zhang Song Turns The Tables On Yang Xiu;
Pang Tong Proposes The Occupation Of Shu.
Chapter 61 In The River, Zhao Yun Recovers Liu Shan;
With One Letter, Sun Quan Repulses Cao Cao.
Chapter 62 Taking Of River Fu Pass, Yang Huai and Gao Pei Are Slain;
Siege Of Luocheng, Huang Zhong and Wei Yan Rival.
Chapter 63 Zhuge Liang Mourns For Pang Tong;
Zhang Fei Releases Yan Yan.
Chapter 64 Zhuge Liang Plans For The Capture Of Zhang Ren;
Yang Fu Borrows Soldiers To Destroy Ma Chao.
Chapter 65 Ma Chao Battles At Jiameng Pass;
Liu Bei Takes The Protectorship Of Yiazhou.
Chapter 66 Armed With Sword, Guan Yu Goes To A Feast Alone;
For The State, Empress Fu Offers Her Life.
Chapter 67 Cao Cao Conquers Hanzhong;
Zhang Liao Terrorizes Xiaoyao.
Chapter 68 Gan Ning's Hundred Horsemen Raid The Northern Camp;
Zuo Ci's Flung-Down Cup Fools Cao Cao.
Chapter 69 Guan Lu Sees Things In The Book Of Changes;
Five Loyal Subjects Die For Their State.
Chapter 70 Zhang Fei Takes Wakou Pass With Tactics;
Huang Zhong Captures Tiandang Mountain By Stratagem.
Chapter 71 At Opposite Hill, Huang Zhong Scores A Success;
On The River Han, Zhao Yun Conquers A Host.
Chapter 72 Zhuge Liang's Wit Takes Hanzhong;
Cao Cao's Army Retires To The Ye Valley.
Chapter 73 Liu Bei Becomes Prince Of Hanzhong;
Guan Yu Attacks Xiangyang.
Chapter 74 Pang De Takes His Coffin To The Field;
Guan Yu Drowns The Seven Armies.
Chapter 75 Guan Yu Has A Scraped-Bone Surgery;
Lu Meng Crosses The River In White Robe.
Chapter 76 Xu Huang Fights At The River Mian;
Guan Yu Retreats To Maicheng.
Chapter 77 Cao Cao Is Possessed At Luoyang;
Guan Yu Manifests At The Jade Spring Mount.
Chapter 78 Treating A Headache, A Famous Physician Dies;
Giving The Last Words, The Crafty Hero Departs.
Chapter 79 Brother Oppressing Brother: Cao Zhi Composes Poems;
Nephew Harming Uncle: Liu Feng Receives Punishment.
Chapter 80 Cao Pi Deposes The Emperor, Taking Away The Fortunes of Hans;
Liu Bei Assumes The Throne, Continuing The Heritage.
Chapter 81 Eager For Vengeance, Zhang Fei Is Assassinated;
Athirst Of Retribution, The First Ruler Goes To War.
Chapter 82 Sun Quan Submits To Wei, Receiving The Nine Dignities;
The First Ruler Attacks Wu, Rewarding Six Armies.
Chapter 83 Fighting At Xiaoting, The First Ruler Captures An Enemy;
Defending The Three Gorges, A Student Takes Supreme Command.
Chapter 84 Lu Xun Burns All Consecutive Camps;
Zhuge Liang Plans The Eight-Array Maze.
Chapter 85 The First Ruler Confides His Son To The Guardian's Care;
Zhuge Liang Calmly Settles The Five Attacks.
Chapter 86 Using Words, Qin Mi Overcomes Zhang Wen;
Setting Fire, Xu Sheng Defeats Cao Pi.
Chapter 87 Conquering The South Mang, The Prime Minister Marches The Army;
Opposing Heaven Troops, The King Of The Mangs Is Captured.
Chapter 88 Crossing River Lu---The Mang King Is Bound The Second Time;
Recognizing A Pretended Surrender---Meng Huo Is Captured The Third Time.
Chapter 89 The Lord of Wuxiang Uses The Fourth Ruse;
The King of Mang Is Captured The Fifth Time.
Chapter 90 Chasing Off Wild Beasts, The Prime Minister Defeats The Mangs For The Sixth Time;
Burning Rattan Armors, Zhuge Liang Captures Meng Huo The Seventh Time.
Chapter 91 Sacrificing At River Lu, The Prime Minister Marches Homeward;
Attacking Wei, The Lord Of Wuxiang Presents A Memorial.
Chapter 92 Zhao Yun Slays Five Generals;
Zhuge Liang Takes Three Cities.
Chapter 93 Jiang Wei Goes Over To Zhuge Liang;
Zhuge Liang's Reviles Kill Wang Lang.
Chapter 94 Zhuge Liang Defeats The Qiangs In A Snowstorm;
Sima Yi Quickly Captures Meng Da.
Chapter 95 Ma Su's Disobedience Causes The Loss Of Jieting;
Zhuge Liang's Lute Repulses Sima Yi.
Chapter 96 Shedding Tears, Zhuge Liang Puts Ma Su To Death;
Cutting Hair, Zhou Fang Beguiles Cao Xiu.
Chapter 97 Sending A Second Memorial, Zhuge Liang Renews The Attack On Wei;
Forging A Letter, Jiang Wei Defeats The Northern Army.
Chapter 98 Pursuing The Shu Army, Wang Shuang Meets His Death;
Raiding Chencang, Zhuge Liang Scores A Victory.
Chapter 99 Zhuge Liang Defeats The Wei Army;
Sima Yi Invades The West River Land.
Chapter 100 Raiding A Camp, The Shu Soldiers Defeat Cao Zhen;
Contesting Array Battles, Zhuge Liang Shames Sima Yi.
Chapter 101 Going Out From Longshang, Zhuge Liang Dresses As A God;
Dashing Toward Saber Pass, Zhang He Falls Into A Snare.
Chapter 102 Sima Yi Occupies The Banks Of River Wei;
Zhuge Liang Constructs Mechanical Bullocks And Horses.
Chapter 103 In Gourd Valley, Sima Yi Is Trapped;
In Wuzhang Hills, Zhuge Liang Invokes The Stars.
Chapter 104 A Falling Star: The Prime Minister Ascends To Heaven;
A Wooden Statue: The Commander-In-Chief Is Terrified.
Chapter 105 The Lord of Wuxiang Leaves A Plan In The Silken Bag;
The Ruler of Wei Removes The Bronze Statue With The Dew Bowl.
Chapter 106 Suffering Defeat, Gongsun Yuan Meets His Death;
Pretending Illness, Sima Yi Deceives Cao Shuang.
Chapter 107 The Ruler of Wei Hands Over The Power To Sima Yi;
Jiang Wei Is Defeated At Ox Head Hills.
Chapter 108 In The Snow, Ding Feng Wins A Victory;
At A Banquet, Sun Jun Executes A Secret Plan.
Chapter 109 A Ruse Of A Han General: Sima Zhao Is Surrounded;
Retribution For The House Of Wei: Cao Fang Is Dethroned.
Chapter 110 Riding Alone, Wen Yang Repulses A Brave Force;
Following The River, Jiang Wei Defeats The Enemy.
Chapter 111 Deng Ai Outwits Jiang Wei;
Zhuge Dan Battles Sima Zhao.
Chapter 112 Rescuing Shouchun, Yu Quan Dies Nobly;
Attacking Changcheng, Jiang Wei Mobilizes.
Chapter 113 Ding Feng Makes A Plan To Slay Sun Chen;
Jiang Wei Arrays A Battle To Defeat Deng Ai.
Chapter 114 Driving To The South Gate, Cao Mao Plunges Into Death;
Abandoning Stores, Jiang Wei Defeats The Wei Army.
Chapter 115 Listening To Slander, The Latter Ruler Recalls His Army;
Living In Farms, Jiang Wei Avoids Disaster.
Chapter 116 On Hanzhong Roads, Zhong Hui Divides The Army;
In Dingjun Mountain, The Martial Lord Shows His Apparition.
Chapter 117 Deng Ai Gets Through The Yinping Mountains;
Zhuge Zhan Falls In The Battlefield Of Mianzhu.
Chapter 118 Weeping At The Ancestral Temple, A Filial Prince Dies;
Marching To The West River Land, Two Leaders Competes.
Chapter 119 The False Surrender: A Wit Scheme Becomes A Vain Plan;
The Abdication: Later Seeds Learns From The Ancient.
Chapter 120 Recommending Du Yu, An Old General Offers New Plans;
Capturing Of Sun Hao, Three Kingdoms Becomes One.