The Imperial Age 山河月明 Episode 20 Recap
Daoyan analyzed His Majesty’s thoughts for Zhu Di, and issued an imperial edict to abolish the prime minister and set up five palaces and six ministries. If the performance is excellent, His Majesty’s decree can make people step up and become close ministers. After speaking, Daoyan asked, is it possible for the Ming Dynasty to be able to sit back and relax?
Zhu Xiongying accompanied the prince to inspect the water transport. He felt sick and developed a rash on the way. When riding, his consciousness was chaotic, and he fell directly from the horse. The prince and Zhu Di hurried back to Beijing at night, and the imperial doctor sent by Zhu Yuanzhang met the prince and his party on the way, and immediately diagnosed and treated the eldest grandson of the emperor.
The imperial doctor said that Zhu Xiongying suffered from pox, the disease was dangerous, and he was afraid that he would not be able to recover. After returning to Beijing, Queen Ma ordered the sick Zhu Xiongying to be sent to Kunning Palace to be looked after by her. Zhu Yunwen and his elder brother Zhu Xiongying had a deep relationship and cried in the ancestral hall to pray for Zhu Xiongying’s blessings, and the prince was also with him. Zhu Xiongying finally died in Kunning Palace, the palace was full of veil, and the princess Chang, who had lost her father and son, was in constant pain.
Queen Ma was hit by her bereaved grandson, her functional immunity decreased, and she also suffered from acne. The pox was an incurable disease at the time. Queen Ma ordered people to close the door and refused to take medicine. Zhu Biao, Zhu Di and others knelt outside and begged to open the door.
Haibei had already suffered from pox when she was in the grassland, and she was immune, so Queen Ma allowed her to come in and take care of herself. Hearing that, Zhu Yuanzhang hurried to Kunning Palace regardless of the minister’s obstruction. Seeing that his wife with hair was about to close the door slowly, he wanted to go forward, but was discouraged by Queen Ma’s words. Zhu Biao was worried, his steps were unstable, and he almost fainted.
Zhu Yuanzhang summoned Zhu Di and asked him to help him review the memorial table. Now that the prince is ill, and the second and third brothers are not around, he can only ask Zhu Di to help him review. Zhu Biao was lying in a hospital bed and was taken care of by Lu Shi. Zhu Di criticized and played the watch all night. He was so sleepy that he fell asleep on his hands.
Zhu Yuanzhang carefully pulled the seat to sit next to him, looked at his son, and then looked at the void again, with complicated emotions in his eyes. Queen Ma hung her last breath, and said her last words to Hai Don’t, hoping that His Majesty would seek merit and Nade, there will be a beginning and an end, and the Ming Dynasty will be immortal. During this period, the eldest grandson of the emperor died and the queen passed away.
Zhu Yuanzhang issued an edict that the power of Jinyiwei should be revoked, and the king of Yan left the town of Peiping. Zhu Biao dragged the sick body to see Zhu Di, and told him to pay attention to his body after arriving in Peiping and not to hurry. As soon as Empress Ma was buried, His Majesty asked King Yan to go to Peiping. Daoyan asked him if he was worried, and Zhu Di’s rhetorical question reassured Daoyan. Now Zhu Di finally understands His Majesty’s thoughts.
When Zhu Di arrived thirty li outside the city of Peiping, Xu Da brought over a thousand officials to greet him. King Yan was sitting in Peiping, and some officials suggested that King Yan would follow the example of King Jin and other princes to give money to the scholars who had entered the imperial examination in Beijing, but Zhu Di did not agree, because His Majesty had a clear edict that the prince should not interfere in local government affairs. What he did was right. Zhu Yuanzhang was dissatisfied with how much these princes interfered in government affairs, and Zhu Biao was supposed to be punished.
Only then did Zhu Yuanzhang agree to let him write letters to his younger brothers to order corrections. Since the death of Xiongying, Chang Shi blamed the prince for this, and he couldn’t get over the hurdle in his heart, and gradually developed a feud with the prince. The prince was of a pure and good nature, and understood that Chang’s attitude was justifiable. He did not blame him, but was full of guilt.