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Tombstones without a Tomb
Price per Unit (piece): KRW 17,000
USD 12.66
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.


Preface and Acknowledgements

A Note to the Readers


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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