For those who are not familiar with Ancient Chinese novels, especially for ones that revolves around the royals and the nobility and their ranks, I found some sources that may be helpful. I know how hard it is to research these information for a non-Chinese readers/watchers, so I hope these are helpful for you guys who are looking to have a better understandings of how these ancient romances works.
For everyone who put these together for us, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your hard work. 😀
Women (Wife & Concubines) in Historical China & Novels by Dreams of Jianghu
This is originally a companion guide for the novel To Be a Virtuous Bride by Yue Xia Die Ying, but it applies to most situation for women in ancient Chinese society and its novels. It gives you an insight of how society view their women and explain the variety of positions they can hold in a typical household.
Historical Information by Dreams of Jianghu
This is a guide to the different ranks and titles of royals and nobility in the Imperial Palace and the government and gives a little insight into what each position and titles meant. It also provides the ranking of Ancient Chinese social class as well.
Ranks in Ancient China by rosyfantasy
As the title states, this is a rough guide to the rankings in Ancient China including the royalties, their women, the nobles, the government officials (including the military), and the lower class as well.
As always, if anyone find any other resources that may be helpful, please let me know so I can add it to the list.