Korean History, Life & Culture

Yi Sun-sin Episode 3: Rebel with a Cause

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.

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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!

Episode 3 – Yi Sun-sin – Rebel With a Cause – Part 1 Side A

Episode 3 – Yi Sun-sin – Rebel With a Cause – Part 1 Side B

 

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