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    #229 - Ming 18: The Raven Himself Is Hoarse

    #229 - Ming 18: The Raven Himself Is Hoarse

    After a very rocky start in life, the Chenghua Emperor takes the throne, only to be endlessly shoved around by overbearing mother, manipulative and murderous consorts, and conniving, terrorizing eunuchs. What else would one really expect for a guy with the personality of a west dishrag?
    Time Period Covered:
    1464-1487 CE
    Major Historical Figures:
    The Chenghua Emperor (Zhu Jianshen) [r. 1464-1487]
    The Hongzhi Emperor (Zhu Youcheng) [1470-1505]
    Noble Consort Wan Zheng'er [1430-1487]
    Empress Wang
    Empress Wu
    Empress Dowager Zhou
    Empress Dowager Qian
    Grand Secretary Li Xian
    Lady Zhi Tangmei
    Eunuch Zhang Min
    Spymaster Wang Zhi
    Notable Works Cited:
    Mote, Frederick W. “The Ch’eng-hua and Hung-chih Reigns, 1465-1505” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, Part I.
    Li Shizhen. Bencao Ganmu (The Compendium of Materia Medica)
    Tsai, Shi-shan Henry. The Eunuchs of the Ming Dynasty.


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    • 32 min
    #228 - Special: 8th Anniversary Q&A

    #228 - Special: 8th Anniversary Q&A

    What the only thing better than 8 years on the podwaves? 8 years & 10,000,000 downloads, THAT'S WHAT!!
    In this episode we talk about what the definition of "is" is, Zen masters, *yet more farming history!,* when I plan to shut up, me reading poetry in Mandarin... & then the same poem in *reconstructed Old Chinese from 2k+ yrs ago*, and divination, which includes Nazis, Princess Mononoke, pigs & fish, and fictions within fictions with fictions at the heart of the truth!

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    • 49 min
    #227 - Ming 17: The Cao Qin Rebellion

    #227 - Ming 17: The Cao Qin Rebellion

    Emperor Yingzong is back on his throne thanks to the conspirators loyal to him. Only they turn out to be not so much loyal to "him," as they are to the idea that they should have more and more power. It all culminates with yet another coup d'etat..真讨厌...
    Time Period Covered:
    1457-1464 CE
    Major Historical Figures:
    Emperor Yingzong (Zhu Qizhen) [r. 1435-1449, 1457-1464]
    Crown Prince Zhu Jianshen [b. 1448]
    Yu Qian, Minister of War [d. 1457]
    Xu Yuzhen, Earl of Wugong [?]
    Shi Heng, Duke of Zhongguo [d. 1459]
    Cao Zhixiang, Director of Ceremonies [d. 1461]
    Grand Secretary Li Xian
    Imperial Guard Commander Lu Gao [d. 1461]
    General Cao Qin [d. 1461]
    General Shi Biao [?]
    General Sun Tang
    General Ma Ang
    General Wu Jin
    General Wu Cong
    Commander Ma Liang
    Commissioner Wanzhe Tuliang
    Vice Commissioner-in-Chief Esen Temur
    Works Cited:
    Qi, Dongfang. “Funerary Perception and Ritual Institution of Imperial Tang” in Kaogu Xuebao (tr. Lee Yun-kuen).
    Robinson, David M. “Politics, Force and Ethnicity in Ming China: Mongols and the Abortive Coup of 1461” in The Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol. 59, No. 1.
    Stutton, Donald S. “Death Rites and Chinese Culture: Standardization and Variation in Ming and Qing Times” in Modern China, Vol. 33, No. 1.
    Twitchett, Denis & Tilemann Grimm. "The Cheng-t'ung, Ching-t'ai, and T'ien-shun reigns, 1436-1464" in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I.
    Waldron, Arthur. The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth.


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    • 43 min
    #226 – Ming 16: Forcing the Palace Gate

    #226 – Ming 16: Forcing the Palace Gate

    Following the events at the Tumu Fort, Emperor Yingzong takes an unscheduled sabbatical in Mongolia, the Mongol warlord Esen Taishi attempts to return something lost for a price, Beijing battens down the hatches in preparation for Genghis Khan come anew, and brotherly love reaches its breaking point.
    Time Period Covered:
    1449-1457 CE
    Major Historical Figures:
    Ming Dynasty:
    Zhu Qizhen (Emperor Yingzong) [r. Zhengtong Era: 1435-1449, Tianshun Era: 1457-1464]
    Zhu Qiyu (the Jingtai Emperor) [r. 1449-1457]
    Crown Prince Zhu Jianshen [b. 1447]
    Crown Prince Zhu Jianzhi [1448-1453]
    Minister Xu Yuzhen
    Xing An, Head Imperial Eunuch
    Yu Qian, Minister of War [1398-1457]
    Northern Yuan/Oirat Mongols:
    Esen Taishi [1407-1455, (r. as Khaghan of N. Yuan, 1453-1455)]
    Toghto Bukha (Taisun Khaghan) [r. 1433-1453]
    Xi Ning, turncoat eunuch [d. 1450]


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    • 37 min
    #225 - Special - Strange Tales VI: Notes From the Shadow Book

    #225 - Special - Strange Tales VI: Notes From the Shadow Book

    Our annual creepy charcuterie of 4 strange stories from all across Qing China, collected by Ji Yun from Beijing all the way to Urumqi.
    Today, we have 4 tales to send shivers down your spine:
    1) "Professional Notes on the Jiangshi & Other Revenants" (begins @ 2:50)
    2) "Checkpoints" (begins @ 19:44)
    3) "Yeti Stones" (begins @ 28:43)
    4) "Visitors From Beyond" (begins @ 34:37)

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    • 44 min
    # 225.2 - Special - Strange Tales VI.2: The Thing On the Doorstep

    # 225.2 - Special - Strange Tales VI.2: The Thing On the Doorstep

    "There are black zones of shadow close to our daily paths, and now and then some evil soul breaks a passage through. When that happens, the man who knows must strike before reckoning the consequences."
    By: H.P. Lovecraft
    Read By: Chris Stewart

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