In today’s  episode we look at Ming Dynasty China from the reigns of Xuande to Jiajing.  This period in Chinese history was witnessing momentous changes.  The dynasty suffers a terrible debacle in 1449.  Portugal was becoming a regular visitor and sets up down in Macao.  This was also a time when evil self-serving eunuchs spread their tentacles throughout the government.  By the close of the Jiajing emperor’s long reign the best days of the Ming were already behind them.

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The Jiajing Emperor 嘉靖帝