Three Kingdoms: A Somewhat Less Than Critical Commentary
Background of the Novel


The Title:  

    English Title variations
  • Three Kingdoms
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms

The Setting:  Three Kingdoms details the demise of the last emperor of the Han Dynasty, the split of the Empire into three Kingdoms, and the reunification of the Empire under the first emperor of the Qin dynasty. This activity takes place during 168-280 AD. See the synopsis on this site for a brief description of the novel, or see the outline on this site for a lengthy Chapter-by-Chapter description of the novel.

The Authors:  attributed to Luo Guanzhong (ca. 1330-ca. 1400)

More:  The translation by Moss Roberts contains a lengthy afterword that should be consulted.


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