Download PDF by Sem Vermeersch: A Chinese Traveler in Medieval Korea: Xu Jing’s Illustrated

Download PDF by Sem Vermeersch: A Chinese Traveler in Medieval Korea: Xu Jing’s Illustrated

By Sem Vermeersch

ISBN-10: 0824856449

ISBN-13: 9780824856441

"The king and ministers, more advantageous and inferior, movement with ritual and refinement. whilst the king is going on an inspection travel, everybody has the proper ceremonial attributes and the divine flag [troops] gallop in entrance whereas armored infantrymen block the line. the warriors of the Six Divisions all carry their attributes. even though it isn't really thoroughly in uniformity with vintage rites, in comparison with different barbarians it's most suitable to behold. this is because Confucius proposal it is going to now not be a disgrace to live the following. and isn't furthermore Kija's nation a detailed relative of the hallowed dynasty?"

So saw the music envoy Xu Jing within the respectable record of his 1123 stopover at to Korea—a infrequent eyewitness account of Koryŏ (918–1392) society in its leading. formally, the aim of Xu Jing's stopover at used to be to condole the recent king, Injong, at the loss of life of his father and current him with a letter of investiture; unofficially, he used to be tasked with persuading Injong to align with track China opposed to the newly emergent Jin dynasty. even supposing recognized for its celadon and Buddhist work, the Koryŏ interval continues to be a great deal terra incognita in international heritage end result of the loss of translated resource fabrics. the current paintings, the 1st totally annotated, whole translation of a key resource textual content on Koryŏ, fills this gap.

Xu Jing spent a bit greater than a month within the Koryŏ capital, Kaesŏng, yet he was once a meticulous chronicler, compiling a veritable guide on Koryŏ that's jam-packed with attention-grabbing info stumbled on nowhere else on way of life, heritage, customs and manners, structures, the army, foodstuff, between others. notwithstanding, Xu Jing was once no longer impartial in his observations and supplemented his paintings with unreliable info from past chronicles—a truth frequently missed in past reviews of the Illustrated Account. In a considerable advent to his translation, Sem Vermeersch not just locations this crucial paintings in its historic context, but in addition unearths either the assets utilized by the writer and the advantages and bounds of his observations, permitting historians of medieval Korea to make fuller use of this singular fundamental source.

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