Empress With No Virtue 皇后无德/ 皇后是这样炼成的 by Jiu Xiao Qi (HE)


As a granddaughter of a chief minister of grand secretariat, Ye Zhenzhen was shoved to the emperor to be his wife.

On the wedding night, she accidentally kicked this young emperor who posed with authority in imperial court, down from the bed.

On that same evening, the emperor went straight to rest in the palace of a certain favored imperial concubine.

From a long time ago, you did not please my eye! This was their mutual inner voice.

Since then, making the emperor unhappy became one of the empress´ daily routine.

[Ebook][Eng Tranlsation (Chapters 1 to 88)(Chapter 89 onward)(Final Chapter)] [Hoàng hậu vô đức][Audiobook]


19 Responses

  1. Moonblossom
    Moonblossom August 24, 2015 at 2:26 pm |

    This Emperor is one of my favorite characters and I re-read the story a few times. The first part of the story is straight out of 甄环传 (Zhen Huan Zhuan) and I find the plot very intriguing although a bit hard to follow with numerous names of all the concubines. By the emperor really won my heart with his gradual liking for his empress, and his dedication to her. A lot of steamy scenes, nearly a porn book I would say, but I love its characters.

    Zhen Zhen is a very direct character and can be very funny. Besides her antics – like causing one of the concubines to go bald – one of the part that I find most funny is when she looks at his dick and wonders aloud that it would be perfect if it can “sprout bubbles’ which cause him to think: Whose. JJ. Can. Sprout. Bubbles ??!!! ha.ha. 5 stars from me.

  2. Melanie
    Melanie August 24, 2015 at 9:53 pm |

    Thanks for the blurbs, peanuts and Moonblossom. I clicked on the English translation link and notice that the story is 102 chapters long! However, it’s not the story length that concerns me. I am a bit ambivalent about imperial harem stories, as I feel that there is no true love and respect between the male and female leads in such stories. How can the female lead ever love a male lead who divides his love, body, and attention between the female lead and thousands of other women? And how can a man dare to truly claim he loves a woman when he cannot only have her in his heart and in his bed? Any “true love” in this situation is only superficial and necessary for survival. Personally, I’m not generous and understanding enough to listen to a guy tell me how much he loves me one day and then watch him go off to sleep with another woman the next night. And maybe I’ll see this man “who loves me so much” in another few months, since he has to make the rounds in his harem. Bleh. He probably tells every woman in his harem “how much he loves her.”

  3. Melanie
    Melanie August 24, 2015 at 11:41 pm |

    Just read the translation backwards for a few chapters… Did she really vomit when he tried to… Hahaha! She really beat his ego up to a pulp! The story sounds kind of funny, but I still don’t really like male leads with multiple wives.

  4. Busy Bee
    Busy Bee August 25, 2015 at 12:41 am |

    Where can I read the rest of the chapters? I tried to click on E book and it showed only 1-2 chapters. I am using google translate to read. Thanks

  5. hamster428
    hamster428 August 25, 2015 at 1:24 am |

    Hahaha Melanie, you crack me up. An emperor’s sperms are considered rain from the sky to keep the ground fertelized so u must not monopolize the rain, u must share it . Or so they tell me. I think the whole point to these stories though, is that the guy eventually only loves the girl and stops having sex with the other girls. Or that’s how it is in the ones I’ve read. I haven’t tried this one yet.

  6. Moonblossom
    Moonblossom August 25, 2015 at 4:09 am |

    Yup, Zhen Zhen is not his first but she is his last woman. He realise (with help from a “professional” consultant, ha!) that she has a cleanliness aversion n if he really wants her, he will have to give up on the others, which he stick to, even when he is hexed at the end. But that is also part of his stubbornness doing.

  7. Moonblossom
    Moonblossom August 25, 2015 at 4:13 am |

    N he does not need to tell a woman that he loves her. All his concubines are no different from tools or objects n he is quite heartless if he needs to

  8. thiri
    thiri August 25, 2015 at 6:55 am |

    Yet! I also don’t like the man with many wives .Even I like ancient novel but it become imperial harem Oh God! it really pissed me of.╮(╯◇╰)╭That’s why every female lead in that kind of novel doesn’t want to be a empress or emperor lover or wife.They don’t want to share their man with other.Well in that novel “she is not first but his last” that’s acceptable. But I don’t mind If she flirt with other I mean second male lead(is there worthy second male lead?)Or whatever to make that emperor jealous. Ha Ha Ha(●﹏●Evil laugh⊙﹏⊙).

  9. Melanie
    Melanie August 25, 2015 at 7:00 am |

    hamster – Really? I’m funny? 🙂 Rain from the sky, huh? 🙂 I guess I would rather suffer through a drought and wait to drink from a tastier, more selective water source. Plus, realistically, how clean is this rain? It might be tainted with venereal diseases, given the 3000+ women a typical emperor has slept with. 😛 Anyway, Moonblossom likes the male lead, so maybe this is THE emperor who will change my mind about chaps who go around sleeping with a different woman each day of the year.

    By the way, I’ve been secretly reading your translation of Mei Gongqing. I like the story so far, but I think the female lead has a bit of an unfair advantage over the other females in the story, given that she is making decisions with the advantage of hindsight. Therefore, of course, she is going to appear remarkable to all the male leads. But I guess that is the beauty of second chances. 🙂

    Moonblossom – So he discards all his other consorts and concubines at the end? What does he do? Send them all home to their families? Or do they continue living in the palace, plotting to one day seduce him or kill/frame the female lead? Does Zhen Zhen have other love interests in the story other than the emperor?

  10. hamster428
    hamster428 August 25, 2015 at 11:09 am |

    Melanie – your strong feelings on the emperor’s sleeping habit somehow makes me laugh. And yes, when I said “rain from heaven” I def was rolling my eyes. But in those times, 99.9% male population had multiple wives unless you can’t afford to keep them. So there really was no clean water source even from a well underground. Other stories have faithful guys coz they’re fiction haha.

    Ah MGQ? She does have an advantage over others, but she’s only displaying it overtly on this trip to get a head start. Once they get to the south she is mostly just trying to survive with the knowledge she has. Guys fall for her for dif reasons, not just coz she’s smart. QL for example, prob fell head over heels bcoz she kept flirting with him while the other girls ooh and aah but never made any advance on him haha.

  11. Mssyng
    Mssyng August 25, 2015 at 2:15 pm |

    I read this story some time ago so I’ve forgotten some of the finer details but the part that I do remember was that early in the story, the female lead will gifts the other concubines that entertained the emperor the previous night with a toad. The description of the various toads totally cracked me up.

  12. Moonblossom
    Moonblossom August 26, 2015 at 3:44 am |

    Busy Bee – I read this book on http://www.misland.cn last year but I think that link is down now.

    Mssyng – ha-ha. The toads! She is rich woman in her own right and has lots of baubles to “gift” away to her “sisters” so she started with toads since she has too many of them. They symbolize something lucky but because they are such an eyesore, the recipient usually ends up confused if she is rewarding or punishing them.

    Melanie – yes, she has a close cousin who works as a Captain of the Royal Guards to make our Emperor jealous at the start. But he has no real competition except for Ye Zhen Zhen herself. From the very beginning, both Emperor and Empress dislike and distrust the other and she has not considered the possibility that he will one day change his mind – or heart – about her. She is more interested in experimenting with firearms, talking to foreign emissaries, sneaking off to battle, etc. She is such a handful, and one example is when Ji Wu Jiu went to look for her one day and found her maids all bound and gagged. As he quickly unbound them, he realizes that one Eunuch is missing and assumes that the servant did something to his Empress only for the maids to protest the instant they are free to talk. “It is not what he has done to Her Majesty; it is what Her Majesty has done to him! She has kidnapped him after tying us up!” mwah-ha-ha.

  13. hamster428
    hamster428 August 26, 2015 at 12:04 pm |

    Lol I read about 20 chapters and the toads are def a funny touch. Bcoz the concubines were disgusted w them at first, but then came to keep count how many each lady was gifted since they represent the number of times the emperor had slept with her, discounting Zhuang Fei since she received 13 of them in one fell swoop rofl.

  14. hamster428
    hamster428 August 26, 2015 at 12:58 pm |

    Oh and the ensuing convo btw the OTP about the toads and the swans was somehow really cute too.

  15. S T
    S T August 27, 2015 at 1:25 am |

    Funny story, except for the emperor who needs to grow up and stop being so heartless.
    BTW, I had a good laugh reading the comments above too.
    Thanks for translating

  16. hipployta
    hipployta August 29, 2015 at 3:20 pm |

    It is quite a fun read and I’m glad it’s being translated. I guess I’m so used to ancient dramas that the multiple wives bit didn’t bother me at all. I didn’t give it a second thought lol.

  17. kaitoujeanne
    kaitoujeanne October 21, 2015 at 6:31 pm |

    Thank you for all your comments I just had a very very good laugh ♥

  18. kemteri
    kemteri July 19, 2017 at 11:15 pm |

    Well I just started and I love her mindset. lol

  19. Jen
    Jen August 15, 2017 at 2:26 pm |

    Just finished this story and the main leads are absolutely adorable. They both really smart in their own right, but then they are also interested in things normal people aren’t. There is this bird who the female lead adopted and it has learnt some very crude things from around. So the male lead and female lead’s suggestion is to teach it new words so it will forget the old. What do you get? You get the Emperor and Empress teaching a bird how to speak for 4 hours! HAHAHHA. And then the servants sometimes walk in on very inappropriate times and see the Emperor and Empress behaving strangely. They will then go: What are they doing this time? What sort of madness will they cook up?
    These servants aren’t even surprised at these two anymore… xD

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