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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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