Held in the Lonely Castle (孤城闭)
Title: 孤城闭, Gu Cheng Bi, Held in the Lonely Castle
Author: 米兰Lady, Mi Lan Lady
Drama Adaption: Serenade of Peaceful Joy (2020)
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Genres: [Drama] [Harem] [Historical] [Josei] [Romance] [Tragedy]
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Between a relationship with love without physical affection and a loveless marriage, which would you choose?
In this story, buried deep within the annals of Song Dynasty history, the Emperor’s beloved daughter chose the former.
In the eyes of Censor Sima Guang and the rest, the story’s female lead “doesn’t respect the teachings of her elders and doesn’t know the meaning of virtue. She acts as she pleases, absolutely fearless. She has frequently disobeyed her Imperial Father’s orders and disgraced her husband’s family’s ancestors,” while the male lead “doesn’t keep to his station. His sinful crimes have grown as tall as a mountain. He should be publicly executed.” Their universally shocking and shunned love is hidden within the criticism of these moral articles.
“Mistaken meeting, on Taoyuan Road.
A hazy sunset covered thousands of miles.
My lord is leaving and I can’t make him stay.
Under the autumn moon, a spring breeze blows.
The peach blossom petals scatter like red rain.
The face I long for has disappeared from view.”
– Collection of Musings, Second Work, Taoyuan, Tang Dynasty – Anonymous
Chapters are naturally divided into parts in the raws.
Thank you for your patience <3
Chapter 1: Autumn Riverside, Esteemed Guests, A Pair of Geese Fly Overhead
- Part 0: Prologue [#2]
- Part 1: The Forbidden Palace Gates
- Part 2: Eunuch
- Part 3: Cui Bai
- Part 4: The Empress’ Palace
- Part 5: Huirou
- Part 6: Qiuhe
- Part 7: Marriage Alliance
Chapter 2: Noticing You Since That Time We Met (恁时相见已留心)
- Part 1: Coin Toss
- Part 2: The Emperor
- Part 3: A Nighttime Chat
- Part 4: Reflection of Clouds
- Part 5: Candied Plums
- Part 6: Poetry Cards
- Part 7: Directress of Style
- Part 8: Plundering One’s Niece