Anyone familiar with the history of Vietnam is likely familiar with the story of Lê Lợi and Nguyễn Trãi. When the Ming Dynasty of China invaded Vietnam (Đại Việt) and overtook the country in the 15th century, the duo of Lê Lợi and Nguyễn Trãi rallied the population in Vietnam in a struggle against the Ming, effectively destroying the invaders in a ten year war (1418-1427). After the revolt, Lê Lợi would become the new emperor of Đại Việt, found the Lê Dynasty, and lead the country through an era of prosperity.
It is commonly understood that Nguyễn Trãi, Lê Lợi’s advisor, played a major role in the success of the rebellion. However, the duo was also supported by a loyal team of warriors who fought and died for them. Among these group of warriors was a man named Lê Lai, one of Lê Lợi’s subordinate commanders.
During the early phases of the…
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