This week we’re covering one of the great tales of Japanese history: 47 warriors without a master who engaged in a bloody act of vengeance in the name of their former lord. In doing so, they catapulted themselves into the pages of history and legend, and remain some of Japan’s most treasured historical figures to this day.
Listen to the episode here.
Allyn, John. The 47 Ronin Story.
Sansom, George B. A History of Japan, Vol 3 1615-1867.
Takeda, Izumo, Shoraku Namishi and Namiki Senryu. Kanadehon Chushingura. Trans. Donald Keene.
Totman, Conrad. A History of Japan.
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