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 #225 - Special - Strange Tales VI: Notes From the Shadow Book | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:18

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) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 # 225.2 - Special - Strange Tales VI.2: The Thing On the Doorstep | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:12:16

"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. LovecraftRead By: Chris Stewart See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #225.1 - Special - Strange Tales VI.1: Nyarlathotep | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 10:39

Nyarlathotep . . . the crawling chaos . . . I am the last . . . I will tell the audient void. . . .Written By: H.P. LovecraftRead By: Chris Stewart See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #224 - Ming 15: The Tumu Fiasco | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:35

A child sits the throne of Great Ming, which goes surprisingly alright… at least for a while. But when the old guard of the imperial regency starts dying off, a combination of naive youthful exuberance and pure political ambition from the power behind the throne will throw everything into chaos on the plains north of Beijing.Time Period Covered:1435-1449 CEMajor Historical Figures:Great Ming:Zhu Qizhen (Emperor Yingzong, the Zhengtong/Tianshun Emperor) [r. 1335-1449, 1457-1464]Grand Empress Dowager Chen [d. 1442]Wang Zhen, Eunuch Lord [d. 1449]Mongol Tribes:Esen, Taishi of the Oirat [d. 1455] See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #223 - Ming 14: Maybe The Real Treasure Was The Friends We Made Along The Way | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:33

While dying emperors, shifting policies, and vindictive princes keep the capital busy, Admiral Zheng He will manage to sneak in on last joy-ride into the sunset aboard his beloved Treasure Fleet...Time Period Covered:1424-1435 CEMajor Historical Figures:The Hongxi Emperor (Zhu Gaochi) [r. 1424-1425]The Xuande Emperor (Zhu Zhanji) [r. 1425-1435]Zhu Gaoxu, the Prince of Han [1380-1426]Zhu Gaosui, the Prince of Zhao [1383-1431]Grand Admiral Zheng He [1371-1433] See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #222 - Ming 13: Trouble In Paradise | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:10

Zheng He's Treasure Fleet finally arrives on the African coast, and the Yongle Emperor celebrates the apex of his reign with the grand opening of Beijing and the Forbidden City. But dark clouds continue to build, but in the emperor's aged, troubled mind, and literally on the horizon... a storm is coming...Time Period Covered:1416-1424 CEMajor Historical Figures:The Yongle Emperor (Zhu Di) [r. 1402-1424]The Noble Consort Zhaoxian, née Wang [d. ca. 1420]Grand Admiral Zheng He [1371-1435]Mirza Sharukh, Sultan of the Timurid Dynasty [r. 1405-1447]Major Works Cited:Chan, Hok-lam. “The Yung-lo reign” in The Cambridge History of China, vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Pt. I.Dreyer, Edward L. Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433.Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #221 - Mongol 18: Goliath's Fall | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:05:14

Having laid waste to the once glorious city of Baghdad, Hulegu Ilkhan now sets his sights east of the Euphrates, to the fertile lands of Syria and Egypt beyond. But what's to follow will set of a momentous clash in Galilee, at a spring called Ain Jalut, that will shake the very fundaments of history...Time Period Covered:1258-1260 CEMajor Historical Figures:Mongol Empire:Mongke KhaghanKhubilai IlkhanAriq BokeIlkhanate:Hulegu IlkhanGeneral BaijuGeneral Kitbuqa Ayyubid Dynasty:al-Muzzam Turanshahal-Malik al-Nasir Yusufal-Azizal-Zayn al-HafiziMamluks:Saif ad-Din QutuzBaybars al Bunduqdari, "The Great Lord Panther"European Christendom:King Louis IX of FranceBohemond V of AntiochBohemond VI of AntiochKing Hethum I of CiliciaMajor Sources Cited:Amitai, Reuven. Mongols and Mamluks: The Mamluk Ilkhanate War, 1260-1281.Amitai, Reuven. “An Exchange of Letters in Arabic Between Abakha Ilkhan and Sultan Baybars (A.H. 667/A.D. 1268-69)” in Central Asiatic Journal, Vol. 38, No. 1.Gillespie, Alexander. Causes of War, Volume II: 1000 CE to 1400 CE.Grousset, René. Empire of the Steppes: A history of Central Asia.Subani, Hamad. The Secret History of Iran.Richard, Jean. The Crusades, C.1071-1291.Runciman, Steven. A History of the Crusades, Volume 3, The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades.Tschanz, David W. “History’s Hinge: ‘Ain Jalut” in Saudi Aramco World. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #221 -Mongol 18: Goliath's Fall | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:05:14

Having laid waste to the once glorious city of Baghdad, Hulegu Ilkhan now sets his sights east of the Euphrates, to the fertile lands of Syria and Egypt beyond. But what's to follow will set of a momentous clash in Galilee, at a spring called Ain Jalut, that will shake the very fundaments of history... Time Period Covered: 1258-1260 CE Major Historical Figures: Mongol Empire: Mongke Khaghan Khubilai Ilkhan Ariq Boke Ilkhanate: Hulegu Ilkhan General Baiju General Kitbuqa [d. 1260] Ayyubid Dynasty: al-Muzzam Turanshah al-Malik al-Nasir Yusuf al-Aziz al-Zayn al-Hafizi Mamluks: Saif ad-Din Qutuz Baybars al Bunduqdari, "The Great Lord Panther" European Christendom: King Louis IX of France Bohemond V of Antioch Bohemond VI of Antioch King Hethum I of Cilicia Major Sources Cited: Amitai, Reuven. Mongols and Mamluks: The Mamluk Ilkhanate War, 1260-1281. Amitai, Reuven. “An Exchange of Letters in Arabic Between Abakha Ilkhan and Sultan Baybars (A.H. 667/A.D. 1268-69)” in Central Asiatic Journal, Vol. 38, No. 1. Gillespie, Alexander. Causes of War, Volume II: 1000 CE to 1400 CE. Grousset, René. Empire of the Steppes: A history of Central Asia. Subani, Hamad. The Secret History of Iran. Richard, Jean. The Crusades, C.1071-1291. Runciman, Steven. A History of the Crusades, Volume 3, The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades. Tschanz, David W. “History’s Hinge: ‘Ain Jalut” in Saudi Aramco World.

 #220 - Ming 12: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Gift Them | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:53

The treasure Fleet goes on missions 2-4, resulting in increasingly strange, valuable, and even divine gifts being presented to Great Ming.Time Period Covered:1407-1415 CEMajor Historical FiguresMing:Yongle Emperor (Zhu Di) [r. 1402-1424]Admiral Zheng He [1371-1435]Commodore Yang Min Ma Huan, translator & chronicler [1380-1460]Kingdom of Malacca:King Parameswara [r. 1402-1414]Major Works Cited:Chan, Hok-lam. “The Yung-lo reign” in The Cambridge History of China, vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Pt. I.Dreyer, Edward L. Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433.Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433.Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. “Kéramos” in Keramos and Other Poems: A Book of Sonnets, Part II.U.N. Museum. “Nanjing pagoda – Seven wonders of the medieval world.” www.unmuseum.org See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #220 - Ming 12: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Gift Them | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:53

The treasure Fleet goes on missions 2-4, resulting in increasingly strange, valuable, and even divine gifts being presented to Great Ming. Time Period Covered: 1407-1415 CE Major Historical Figures Ming: Yongle Emperor (Zhu Di) [r. 1402-1424] Admiral Zheng He [1371-1435] Commodore Yang Min Ma Huan, translator & chronicler [1380-1460] Kingdom of Malacca: King Parameswara [r. 1402-1414] Major Works Cited: Chan, Hok-lam. “The Yung-lo reign” in The Cambridge History of China, vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Pt. I. Dreyer, Edward L. Zheng He: China and the Oceans in the Early Ming Dynasty, 1405-1433. Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433. Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. “Kéramos” in Keramos and Other Poems: A Book of Sonnets, Part II. U.N. Museum. “Nanjing pagoda – Seven wonders of the medieval world.” www.unmuseum.org

 #219 - Intelligent Speech 2021: Escaping the Mongols (Or at Least Trying!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:52

A live retelling (wart & all) of Genghis Khan's invasion of Khwarazmia ca. 1221, and the doomed flight of all who stood against his wrath... followed by a Q&A. From the 2021 Intelligent Speech Conference! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 #219 - Intelligent Speech 2021: Escaping the Mongols (Or at Least Trying!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:41:01

A live retelling (wart & all) of Genghis Khan's invasion of Khwarazmia ca. 1221, and the doomed flight of all who stood against his wrath... followed by a Q&A. From the 2021 Intelligent Speech Conference!

 The Sea Shanty of Zheng He | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:46

There once was a fleet that put to seaAll in name of the Imperial MingWith phoenix sterns, & dragon prowsOh go, my baochuan, go!Soon may the Treasure Fleet moorTo bring ceramics & silk galoreOne day, when the trading is doneThey’ll take our spice & goCommanded by an admiralSo tall he seem unnaturalHis voice rang out like temple bellTo get those treasures stowedSoon may the Treasure Fleet moorTo bring ceramics & silk galoreOne day, when the trading is doneThey’ll take our spice & goThey sailed the southern seas so vastThey’d catch the wind with all nine mastsAstrologers would watch the skiesFrom Champa to GuangzhouSoon may the Treasure Fleet moorTo bring ceramics & silk galoreOne day, when the trading is doneThey’ll take our spice & goBut on wave-crest a Pirate LordHe spied the fleet and greedily roared“Make ready all your cannon shot,We’ll take all their cargo!”Soon may the Treasure Fleet moorTo bring ceramics & silk galoreOne day, when the trading is doneThey’ll take our spice & goThrough flame and smoke they battled onTil in a flash a month was goneThe Pirate Lord would taste defeatHis ships sunk deep belowSoon may the Treasure Fleet moorTo bring ceramics & silk galoreOne day, when the trading is doneThey’ll take our spice & goAt last they came to Indian shoresIn search of spice and jewels and moreThe deal was struck, with solemn vowTo pay all that was owedSoon may the Treasure Fleet moorTo bring ceramics & silk galoreOne day, when the trading is doneThey’ll take our spice & goBut homeward bound the skies grew dimThe winds did howl, their fate seemed grimThe sailors prayed, “Help us, Tianfei!”The masts began to glowSoon may the Treasure Fleet moorTo bring ceramics & silk galoreOne day, when the trading is doneThey’ll take our spice & goThe Goddess heard their earnest pleasShe stilled the waves & calmed the breezeThe sailors gave their sober thanksShe’s spared them from their woeSoon may the Treasure Fleet moorTo bring ceramics & silk galoreOne day, when the trading is doneThey’ll take our spice & goSoon may the Treasure Fleet moorTo bring ceramics & silk galoreOne day, when the trading is doneThey’ll take our spice & go See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

 The Sea Shanty of Zheng He | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:02:46

There once was a fleet that put to sea All in name of the Imperial Ming With phoenix sterns, & dragon prows Oh go, my baochuan, go! Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They’ll take our spice & go Commanded by an admiral So tall he seem unnatural His voice rang out like temple bell To get those treasures stowed Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They’ll take our spice & go They sailed the southern seas so vast They’d catch the wind with all nine masts Astrologers would watch the skies From Champa to Guangzhou Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They’ll take our spice & go But on wave-crest a Pirate Lord He spied the fleet and greedily roared “Make ready all your cannon shot, We’ll take all their cargo!” Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They’ll take our spice & go Through flame and smoke they battled on Til in a flash a month was gone The Pirate Lord would taste defeat His ships sunk deep below Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They’ll take our spice & go At last they came to Indian shores In search of spice and jewels and more The deal was struck, with solemn vow To pay all that was owed Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They’ll take our spice & go But homeward bound the skies grew dim The winds did howl, their fate seemed grim The sailors prayed, “Help us, Tianfei!” The masts began to glow Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They’ll take our spice & go The Goddess heard their earnest pleas She stilled the waves & calmed the breeze The sailors gave their sober thanks She’s spared them from their woe Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They’ll take our spice & go Soon may the Treasure Fleet moor To bring ceramics & silk galore One day, when the trading is done They’ll take our spice & go

 #218 - Ming 11: Soon May the Treasure Fleet Come | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:54

Zheng He & Co. have left the station and are sailing out! They leave the safety of the Yangtze River and set their compasses southbound and down, first to Fujian, then to Vietnam, Java, Sri Lanka, and finally all the way to India, all in the name of trade and riches. But the return journey will turn out to be anything but a pleasure-cruise. Between pirate raiders adn deadly storms, they might need a miracle to pull this off...Time Period Covered:1405-1407 CEMajor Historical Figures:Grand Admiral Zheng He [1371-1433/5]Chen Zuyi, Pirate Lord Extraordinaire [d. 1407]Ma Huan, Chinese Muslim translator & chronicler [1380-1460]Major Sources Cited:Chan, Hok-lam. “The Chien-wen, Yung-lo, Hung-xi, Hsüan-te Reigns” in The Cambridge History of China, Vol. 7: The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644, Part I.Levathes, Louise. When China Ruled the Seas: The Treasure Fleet of the Dragon Throne, 1405-1433.Pregadio, Fabrizio (2004). The Encyclopedia of Taoism. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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