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The Rewarding of the 'Vassals of King Danjong[端宗諸臣]' and Honoring of their actions in the 19th century - Examination of the former half of king Sunjo's reign

  • The Review of Korean History
  • 2010, (98), pp.91-138
  • Publisher : The Historical Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

Yoon, Jeong 1

1경상대학교

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ABSTRACT

Examined in this article is how the 'Vassals of King Danjong' were further rewarded in the 19th century, and how their past actions were honored during king Sunjo's reign. King Jeongjo wanted to complete the rewarding process of Danjong, by constructing the Bae'shik-dan/配食壇 altar and compiling the Jang'reung Sa'bo/莊陵史補(History of the King buried in Jang'reung) chronicles. Yet after Jeongjo's death, the process was reopened as king Sunjo ascended to the throne and further rewarding was implemented. In order to consolidate the young king's status who was only recently enthroned, the actions of Danjong's loyal vassals had to be brought to people's attentions once again, and in the process, certain figures like Yi Jong Geom/李宗儉 and Yi Ji Hwal/李智活, who either displayed questionable actions or did not leave any records to corroborate his own actions, were also included in the pool of rewarded figures. Such inclusion clearly went against king Jeongjo's original intentions. And added to that, in the 7th year of Sunjo's reign, Park Gyu Sun/朴奎淳 authored Jang'reung-ji Sok'pyeon/莊陵誌續編 and forwarded it to the king. It was essentially an act of nullifying the existence of Jang'reung Sa'bo, as from its very title the book declared itself as a supplementary version to Jang'reung-ji (and not Jang'reung Sa'bo). It was the intention of the people involved in this publication to establish Sunjo's orders as actions that were implemented in the very spirit of king Jeongjo's former efforts. As a result, the authority and status of Jang'reung Sa'bo was rendered significantly irrelevant.

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