We delve into the story of the one-armed assassin and the guy who kicked his butt AFTER being assassinated.
A brief explanation of the story behind the most famous secret crossing in Chinese history.
Cover of a comic book about the sneak attack on Chencang.
We delve into the life and career of the real Liu Bei to see if he is really as virtuous as the novel made him out to be (spoiler alert: No one can be as virtuous as the novel made Liu Bei out to be).
Painting at the Summer Palace of Liu Bei declaring himself king. (Source: Wikipedia)
We dive into the differences between the fictional and real-life Zhang Fei and ask, “Who really whipped that corrupt bribe-seeking government official?”
Qing Dynasty depiction of Zhang Fei (Source: Wikipedia)
A huge episode where we bid farewell to our favorite villain by delving into his real-life counterpart’s life, career, and legacy.
Statue of Cao Cao in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Dhugal Fletcher) Continue reading Supplemental Episode 010: Cao Cao, Fact and Fiction
We bid farewell to the Lord of the Beautiful Beard and talk about that time when Cao Cao stole the woman Guan Yu was going to steal from someone else.
A ceramic statue of Guan Yu in a museum in Foshan, China.
We delve into the relationship between Cao Cao and his secretary Yang Xiu, a man with a keen understanding of his boss’s mind … and a death wish.
Yang Xiu (Source: Wikipedia)
A long overdue farewell to Dongwu’s military genius, who had the misfortune of being alive in the time of Zhuge Liang. Or at least, that’s how the novel tells it.
A look at the most legendary battle of the novel and how the fictional account differs from the real showdown.
A painting of Red Cliff (photo by Yun Jie Dai via Flickr)