The Three Kingdoms Volume 1

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Published by Tuttle Publishing, an imprint of Periplus Editions (HK) Ltd.

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Copyright © 2014 Ronald C. Iverson

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ISBN: 978-1-4629-1437-1 (ebook)

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Dedication

To my son, Winston, and my daughter, Aimee, who, from a toddler’s age to adulthood, were thrilled with my telling and retelling of the stories from this great book.

With sincere gratitude to Yu Sumei for accepting the challenge to work with me to create a new translation of this classic literature with the goal of turning it into an exciting novel. My belief is that it is not just what you say but how you say it. My appreciation to Yu Sumei’s daughter who typed out each page. They worked diligently for two years to produce a uniquely compelling version of this epic work, complete with footnotes for clarification of certain events and words in the text. My gratitude extends to a friend, Shen Li who was instrumental in recommending and introducing me to Yu Sumei.

And certainly a note of gratitude to Cheryl Banks for her suggestions as to improving the look of the book, as well as her many hours of help in preparing this text for printing which ultimately led to its publication.

No dedication would be complete without the mention of my many Chinese and American friends who encouraged me to continue this new translation and share it with the world. May readers enjoy the journey as much or beyond what we have experienced in the production of this classic, which will live in perpetuity.

Ronald C. Iverson

Contents

Cover

Title Page

Copyright

Dedication

Contents

List of Main Characters

CHAPTER ONE
Three Heroes Swear Brotherhood at a Feast in the Peach Garden
The Sworn Brothers Render Good Services in Fighting Against the Rebels

CHAPTER TWO
Zhang Fei Thrashes the Inspector in Wrath
He Jin Plots to Kill the Eunuchs in Secret

CHAPTER THREE
Dong Zhuo Silences Ding Yuan at Wenming Gardens
Li Shu Bribes Lu Bu with Lavish Gifts

CHAPTER FOUR
Prince of Chenliu Sits in the Throne to Replace the Deposed Emperor
Cao Cao Presents Dong Zhuo a Sword in an Attempt to Kill Him

CHAPTER FIVE
Many Lords Respond to Cao Cao’s Call Against Dong Zhuo
The Three Brothers Fight with Lu Bu in the Battle at Tigertrap Pass

CHAPTER SIX
Burning the Capital, Dong Zhuo Commits Atrocities
Hiding the Emperor’s Seal, Sun Jian Breaks His Faith

CHAPTER SEVEN
Yuan Shao Fights with Gongsun Zan at River Pan
Sun Jian Crosses the River to Attack Liu Biao

CHAPTER EIGHT
Wang Yun Cleverly Employs the “Chain” Scheme
Dong Zhuo Raises Havoc at Fengyi Pavilion

CHAPTER NINE
Lu Bu Helps Wang Yun Destroy the Tyrant
Li Jue Seeks Counsel from Jia Xu on Attacking the Capital

CHAPTER TEN
Ma Teng Raises an Army to Fight the Rebels
Cao Cao Attacks Xuzhou to Avenge his Father

CHAPTER ELEVEN
Liu Bei Rescues Kong Rong in Beihai
Lu Bu Defeats Cao Cao at Puyang

CHAPTER TWELVE
Prefect Tao Thrice Offers Xuzhou to Liu Bei
Cao Cao Fights a Great Battle Against Lu Bu

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Li Jue and Guo Si Fight a Bloody Battle
Yang Feng and Dong Cheng Rescue the Emperor

CHAPTER FOURTEEN
Cao Cao Moves the Throne to Xudu
Lu Bu Raids Xuzhou at Night

CHAPTER FIFTEEN
Taishi Ci Fights a Fierce Battle with
Sun Ce Sun Ce Competes with the White Tiger

CHAPTER SIXTEEN
Lu Bu Performs a Feat in Archery
Cao Cao Loses a Battle at Yushui River

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
Yuan Shu Expeditions Eastward with Seven Divisions
Cao Cao Unites Three Forces to Attack Yuan Shu

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
Jia Xu Engineers a Great Victory
Xiahou Dun Loses An Eye

CHAPTER NINETEEN
Cao Cao Assembles His Forces at Xiapi
Lu Bu Perishes at the White Gate Tower

CHAPTER TWENTY
Cao Cao Goes Hunting at Xutian
Dong Cheng Receives a Secret Decree in the Palace

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE
Cao Cao Brews the Wine and Talks about Heroes
Guan Yu Slays Che Zhou to Regain Xuzhou

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO
Yuan Shao and Cao Cao Both Take the Field
Guan Yu and Zhang Fei Capture Two Enemy Officers

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE
Mi Heng Strips and Rails at Cao Cao
Ji Ping Is Tortured for Poisoning Cao Cao

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR
Cao Cao Kills Lady Dong, the Emperor’s Concubine
Liu Bei Seeks Refuge with Yuan Shao after His Defeat by Cao Cao

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE
Guan Yu Proposes Three Conditions on Top of a Hill
Cao Cao Breaks the Siege at Baima

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX
Yuan Shao Is Defeated and Loses His Best Officers
Guan Yu Hangs up the Seal and Abandons Cao Cao’s Gifts

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN
Guan Yu the Beautiful Beard Travels a Thousand Li
And Slays Six Officers at Five Passes

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT
Guan Yu Kills Cai Yang to Clear Zhang Fei’s Doubt
Liu Bei Is Reunited with His Followers at Old City

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE
The Formidable Little Lord Sun Ce Slays Yu Jie in Wrath
The Blue-eyed Sun Quan Takes Control of the East

CHAPTER THIRTY
Yuan Shao Is Defeated at Guandu
Cao Cao Burns the Wuchao Granary

CHAPTER THIRTY-ONE
Cao Cao Overcomes Yuan Shao at Changting
Liu Bei Seeks Shelter with Liu Biao

CHAPTER THIRTY-TWO
Yuan Shang Strives for the Rule of Jizhou
Xu You Schemes to Flood the Zhang River

CHAPTER THIRTY-THREE
Cao Pi Takes Advantage of Confusion to Find a Wife
Guo Jia Leaves a Plan After Death for Settling Liaodong

CHAPTER THIRTY-FOUR
Lady Cai Overhears a Secret
Liu Bei Leaps Over a Stream

CHAPTER THIRTY-FIVE
Liu Bei Meets a Recluse at Nanyang
Shan Fu Finds a Noble Lord at Xinye

About the Authors

Back Cover

List of Main Characters

Cai Mao
—brother-in-law of Liu Biao

Cao Cao (Cao Meng-de,
A.D.
155–220)
—prime minister to Emperor Xian, controls the real power of the state; later created Duke of Wei, Prince of Wei and posthumously, Emperor Wu of Wei Dynasty

Cao Hong
—cousin of Cao Cao and senior officer under him

Cao Pi (
A.D.
187–226)
—second son of Cao Cao, later first emperor (Emperor Wen) of Wei Dynasty, which he established in
A.D.
220

Cao Ren
—cousin of Cao Cao and senior officer under him

Cao Rui
—son of Cao Pi, later Emperor Ming of Wei

Cao Shuang
—son of Cao Zhen, enemy of Sima Yi

Cao Zhen
—senior officer of Wei

Cao Zhi (Cao Zi-jian,
A.D.
192–232)
—favorite son of Cao Cao and a famed poet

Chen Deng
—advisor to Lu Bu but later plots his destruction

Chen Gong
—chief advisor to Lu Bu

Chen Lin
—notable scholar, first served as advisor to Yuan Shao but later surrendered to Cao Cao

Chen Wu
—senior officer of Wu

Cheng Pu
—senior officer of Wu

Cheng Yu
—advisor to Cao Cao

Deng Ai
—commander of the forces of Wei after Sima Yi

Dian Wei
—bodyguard to Cao Cao

Diao Chan (Sable Cicada)
—singing girl at Wang Yun’s house, who helps her master destroy Dong Zhuo; concubine of Lu Bu

Ding Feng
—senior officer of Wu

Dong Cheng
—general of Han and relative to the imperial house, who receives the secret edict from Emperor Xian to assassinate Cao Cao

Dong Zhuo
—governor of Hedong, later establishes himself as prime minister of Han; set up Emperor Xian in place of his brother, Emperor Shao, in order to build his own power

Emperor Shao (Liu Bian)
—son of Emperor Ling and Empress He, deposed and murdered by Dong Zhuo

Emperor Xian (Liu Xie)
—brother of Emperor Shao, a puppet ruler controlled by his ministers; deposed by Cao Pi in
A.D.
220 (r.
A.D.
189–220)

Empress Dowager He
—mother of Emperor Shao, sister of He Jin; murdered by Dong Zhuo

Fa Zheng
—Liu Zhang’s official who helped Liu Bei acquire the rule of Shu

Feng Ji
—advisor to Yuan Shao, enemy of Tian Feng

Gan Ning (Gan Xin-ba)
—senior officer of Wu, famed for his bravery

Gao Shun
—officer under Lu Bu

Gongsun Zan
—patron of Liu Bei and one of the seventeen lords who join forces to wage war on Dong Zhuo; commits suicide after being destroyed by Yuan Shao

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