Condor Trilogy

The Condor Trilogy by Jin Yong is generally regarded as his most popular work.

The wuxia epic consists of three novels that span four dynasties between the 13th and 14th century.

Part One

The Legend of the Condor Heroes was serialised in newspapers between 1957 and 1959. It is set in the 13th century during the conflict between the Jurchen Jin dynasty and the Han Southern Song dynasty. Temüjin led the rise of the Mongol tribes as an emerging power in the north.

Part Two

The Return of the Condor Heroes was published between 1959 and 1961. It is set after the Southern Song dynasty conquest of the Jin dynasty. The Mongols launched attacked on the Southern Song dynasty during this period of time. The historical Battle of Xiangyang is featured as a key event. The battle was a pivotal victory in the Mongol invasion.

Part Three

The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre was serialised between 1961 and 1963. It is set in the late Yuan dynasty, founded by the Mongols after they conquered the Souther Song dynasty. Widespread dissent and unrest that led to a rebellion that overthrew the Yuan dynasty, and the Ming dynasty was established.