Let’s wrap up Yi Sun-sin’s northern campaign with the shocking destruction of a tribe of invading Jurchen and a dramatic rescue of captive soldiers!
The picture above is a scene from Onrie Kompan’s Yi Soon Shin Warrior and Defender
Unfortunately, in the midst of these moments of triumph; Yi Sun-sin’s father will pass away and his military career will be put on hold while he spends the customary three years in his hometown mourning his loss. While he is absent, his political enemies will look for ways to taint his reputation and set traps for him as soon as he returns, but the incorruptible Yi Sun-sin will persevere through it all. Tune in to:
Time to talk about Yi Sun-sin’s army career in a little more detail. What did he accomplish up in the hinterlands of Hamgyeong-do? Well pretty much everything. In less than a decade he travels the entire length of the peninsula, gets thrown in jail, promoted, demoted, re-promoted, scatters raiders, saves captives and captures a barbarian chieftain. Tune in to hear about this little known, but very compelling part of the roller coaster that is Yi Sun-sin’s military career.
Also, great news! I have two more primary sources in the mail, the collection of Yi Sun-sin’s letters to the court and a biography written by his nephew. This should make for some great story-telling. Thank you for visiting the site and for supporting the show.
Episode 3 has been divided and sub-divided into smaller parts as Google sets their maximum streaming file size at 25MB. So just click on Part 1 A and then move on to Part 1 B! Enjoy!
I have completed recording and editing episode 3 and it has turned out to be long enough to split into two parts, as I am trying to keep each episode under 25 minutes and under 25 Megabytes so that you can choose to stream it rather than download it. I have been searching desperately for more sources that will give me more insight into Yi Sun-sin’s early military career in the army, but I came up empty-handed. Of course as soon as I finished my recording I discovered this possible treasure of information: An English translation of “Imjin Changch’o, Admiral Yi Sun Shin’s Memorials to the Court” which includes “The Biography of Yi Sun Shin by Yi Pun,” Admiral Yi’s nephew. My heart lept and broke at the same time. I was very pleased with the recording as I thought it was an improvement in almost every way from the first two episodes, so I think I am going to release them anyways. Hopefully in 5-10 business weeks my primary sources will arrive and I will be able to edit, fill-in, verify or disprove my speculations with the words of the Admiral or his nephew. Until then, enjoy the story-telling and take the battlefield scenario for what it is, a reconstruction based on general details. I’ll be uploading episode 3 Part I tomorrow night, Tuesday, April 12th 2016 after going over it one more time. Thank you for dropping by, supporting the show and for continuing to listen to the podcast as it evolves and improves.
Imjin Changch’o, Admiral Yi Sun Shin’s Memorials to the Court: Korean National Treasure No. 74
I still have not set up the podcast feed, and there are still kinks to work out, but I want to stick as closely to my 1 episode per week goal as I can. Those of you who are married to itunes, the time draws nigh! For now though I just went for it without any notes or a script and minimal editing, which cut down dramatically on the time I needed to get it ready. Hopefully the quality of the recording and the show improves with every new release. Every episode from the first to the latest will be on a podcast feed for your convenience soon. In this episode I will talk about the first decade of Yi Sun-sin’s military career, the part that no one knows, but which is essential to his future as a Naval Commander. Remember those nomadic horse tribes (Mongolians et al.), well they are still lurking in the steppes to the north. Find out what Yi Sun-sin plans to do about their habit of raiding and pillaging indiscriminately! Here they come:
Just click on the link below to listen to Episode Two:
Thank you for visiting the site, your interest in Korean culture and for listening to the story of Yi Sun-sin!