Back in 2007, as support for my then soon to be published first wuxia novel, Dream of the Dragon Pool: A Daoist Quest, I established this website. Along with the website was a blog: The Wandering Blades Blog, which was devoted to looking at various aspects of the wuxia (Chinese heroic fiction) tradition.
This year (2012) when I had to abandon that original website configuration due to software issues with the original build, I was only able to salvage bits and pieces of the original Wandering Blades Blog. I am reassembling what I salvaged here in these Archives in the hope that those of you who didn’t see the original blogs might find what I wrote interesting and those of you who did, and liked what you read, might want to revisit. The materials here are not completely original, as I have “refreshed” and updated the blogs to make them more appealing to new readers. I have also stitched together pieces of individual blogs into longer more continuous pieces since this blog is no longer functioning.
I’ll start off with a brief outline of the rise of the xia (swordsman/woman) in Chinese literature up to the Tang dynasty, which is my historical period of interest. I have other sections of the original blog that when time permits I will refurbish and add to these Archives. Hope you find it interesting!