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A Woman's Political Activities in the Shilla Dynastic Period

  • The Review of Korean History
  • 2005, (77), pp.1-31
  • Publisher : The Historical Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

김선주 1

1경주대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

During the Shilla dynastic period, to say that only males exerted political power is not valid. Males did hold the majority of political power, but females also took roles in doing political activities. In fact during the Shilla Dynasty, it was common for females to hold some of the highest political positions. For example, in the case of a king being incapable of properly exerting power due to a reason such as young age, a woman such as the king’s mother have taken power in place of the king. Throughout the Shilla Dynasty, even as the political power of females decreased, females continued to share high power in the hierarchical system under the king. Females were granted official governorship posts and noble titleships. It’s important to understand that females being involved in highly influential political positions was unique only to the Shilla Dynasty. In fact, it was during the Shilla Dynasty that a Queen held power.

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