In the twenty-seventh year of Ming Taizu Hongwu (Jiayi, 1394 AD), Zhang Mei gave birth to Ming Taizu s youngest daughter, Princess Baoqing. When she was pregnant, Zhang Meiren hoped that she would give birth to a boy and that she would become a prince in the future and she would be honored. At this time, Zhu Yuanzhang was nearly seventy years old.
In the 31st year of Emperor Mingzu Hongwu (Wu Yin, 1398), in May, Emperor Mingzu Zhu Yuan collapsed. The housekeeper read to the concubines who were kneeling and sobbing and read the widows left by the emperor: all concubines in the inner palace , as well as the maids who used to sleep, all died. Princess Baoqing was young, so she kept her mother, Zhang Meiren, to raise her properly. This cold, ruthless and irreversible decision made the women sorely cope with the scene s sobbing sounds and suddenly turned into wailing, and several concubines did not even cry, and just passed out after hearing Xuan Yuan past.
I watched the scene in front of me, as if Zhang Meiren woke up from a nightmare and hugged her daughter tightly. Late at night after three days of crying, the Daming Harem in Nanjing City, with a cry of despair, all of Zhu Yuanzhang s concubines, except Zhang Meiren, were forced to bury themselves. In addition, there are more than a dozen women who have been sleeping and have not been named.
At first, Zhang Meiren, who had been annoyed because of giving birth to her daughter, became the only one of Zhu Yuanzhang s women who survived to survive because of this daughter. Later, when Ming Cheng Zu Zhu was appointed, Princess Baoqing was only eight years old, so Zhu Xi ordered Queen Xu to take care of her like her daughter.