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Tombstones without a Tomb
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Author: Hildi Kang
Publisher: Seoul Selection
Pub. Date: Oct 2017
Pages: 240
Cover: Softcover
Dimensions (in inches): 5.9 x 8.7 x 0.2
ISBN: 9781624121029
Language: English
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Sindeok, the First Queen of the Joseon Dynasty

Heavy, intricately carved tombstones are embedded in the banks of theCheonggyecheon Stream that cuts through downtown Seoul, in the shadows of the Gwangtonggyo Bridge, echoing the story of their owner, Queen Sindeok, the first of the Joseon Dynasty. Why are these stones here under the bridge, out in public view, rather than surrounding their assigned tomb, the Royal Tomb of Queen Sindeok?

To examine and understand this enigmatic situation, Tombstones without a Tomb first seeks to understand why the status of Queen Sindeok, who played a crucial role in the foundation of the new dynasty, was degraded after her death, and then traces the process of how the Queen’s honor has since been restored. As the hidden story unfolds, the book brings awareness to the history of Neo-Confucianism and the Neo-Confucian mindset among scholar-officials and the throne throughout the six hundred years of the Joseon dynasty.

A well-organized and useful resource, this original English publication helps readers explore the life and legacy of Queen Sindeok and take a look into the Neo-Confucian society of the Joseon Dynasty.






[Contents]



Preface and Acknowledgements


A Note to the Readers


Introduction



Part One – Honor (1335–1397)


Chapter 1 The Emergence of Yi Seonggye and Lady Kang


Chapter 2 Second Wife: Goryeo, 1356–1392 41


Chapter 3 Illustrious Consort: Joseon, 1392–1396


Chapter 4 Queen Sindeok: Joseon, 1396–1397



Part Two – Dishonor (1398–1450)


Chapter 5 The Chess Master


Chapter 6 Four Significant Sites


Chapter 7 Repairing and Appeasing



Part Three – Ideological Warfare (1500–1669)


Chapter 8 The Rise of the Scholar-Officials


Chapter 9 A Young Man’s Request


Chapter 10 One Decade, Two Extremes


Chapter 11 Crescendo


Chapter 12 Finally, Enshrinement



Part Four – A Name Remembered (1674–2005)


Chapter 13 From Honor to Honors 163


Chapter 14 Into the Twentieth Century 175


Chapter 15 Tombstones without a Tomb 182


Chapter 16 Reflections 188



Epilogue I Am Introduced to the Queen 192


Appendixes 197


Notes 208


Glossary 218


Bibliography 221


Index 231



 
 

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