Sources

  • Warriors of the South by Rafe de Crispigny
    • This book is focused on the history of Wu and its primary figures. It pulls heavily from Records of the Three Kingdoms.
  • The Book of Wu by Chen Shou
    • The Book of Wu is a section of Records of the Three Kingdoms. This book is the primary source of factual history for the Three Kingdoms period, though it has never been fully translated and distributed outside of China. However, portions of it have been partially translated online, in academic essays, and other books on the topic.
  • Empresses and Consorts: Selections from Chen Shou’s Records of the Three States with Pei Songzhi’s Commentary by Robert J. Cutter and William Gordon Crowell
    • This book contains analysis on the women of the Three Kingdoms as well as translations of the biographies from Records of the Three Kingdoms. The book was published in 1999 by the University of Hawaii Press.
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Guanzhong Luo
    • Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a historic novel with some creative freedom taken. Not everything in Luo’s book is historically accurate, but the popularity of this novel plays a significant role in the general knowledge of the Three Kingdoms. Though not everything is factual, it is often taken as fact, even by academics, which can be frustrating for anyone researching the true history. There are countless editions and releases of this popular historic novel. It is by far more widely available than the scholarly sources about the Three Kingdoms.