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Political justification of Noron through comparison between The Annals of King Gyeongjong and The Amendment of Annals of King Gyeongjong

  • The Review of Korean History
  • 2013, (112), pp.281-322
  • Publisher : The Historical Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > History

Huh Taeyong 1

1한국과학기술원

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ABSTRACT

This article is written to examine the political justification of Noron in the reign of King Jeongjo. Noron, one of the most important political parties in the latter half of Joseon dynasty, took political hegemony in King Yeongjo's reign period after long lasted confrontation with Soron since 1680's, because they played a great role in help Yeongjo to the throne in the transition period between King Gyeongjong and King Yeongjo. But they had to pay a high price for getting political hegemony. Most of all, Noron had marked as traitor to King Gyeongjong in The Annals of King Gyeongjong that was compiled by their opponent Soron, in King Gyeongjong's reign period. So Noron sincerely hoped to correct record of The Annals of King Gyeongjong and revaluate their political conduct in King Gyeongjong's reign period to justify their acquisition of government, but King Yeongjo did not permit to revise The Annals of King Gyeongjong in his reign period. Anxiety of Noron to revise The Annals of King Gyeongjong was accomplished in King Jeongjo's reign period in the aspect of political agreement. Political justification designed by Noron, and filled in The Amendment of Annals of King Gyeongjong can be classified by four typed discourse like below. First, Noron gave their fealty to the King Gyeongjong as well as King Yeongjo. Second, Most of Soron committed great political mistakes to King Yeongjo, what was worse, they tried to get rid of King Yeongjo by connecting with some eunuches. Third, the Imin-major rebellion criminal cases that was happened in King Gyeongjong's reign period to aim King Gyeongjong was totally falsehood. Fourth, the throne succession from King Gyeongjong to King Yeongjo was totally thank to Heaven's will and brotherly love of King Gyeongjong. In sum, these four typed discourse means that only Noron were qualified to participate in the new court of King Yeongjo and King Jeongjo, whereas Soron were not.

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