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By Sem Vermeersch

"The king and ministers, greater and inferior, movement with ritual and refinement. while the king is going on an inspection travel, all people has the right kind ceremonial attributes and the divine flag [troops] gallop in entrance whereas armored squaddies block the line. the warriors of the Six Divisions all carry their attributes. even though it isn't thoroughly in uniformity with vintage rites, in comparison with different barbarians it's excellent to behold. it is because Confucius idea it will now not be a disgrace to dwell right here. and isn't additionally Kija's state an in depth relative of the hallowed dynasty?"

So saw the tune 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 major. formally, the aim of Xu Jing's stopover at used to be to condole the recent king, Injong, at the dying of his father and current him with a letter of investiture; unofficially, he was once tasked with persuading Injong to align with track China opposed to the newly emergent Jin dynasty. even supposing well-known for its celadon and Buddhist work, the Koryŏ interval remains to be a great deal terra incognita in global historical past as a result of loss of translated resource fabrics. the current paintings, the 1st totally annotated, entire 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 used to be a meticulous chronicler, compiling a veritable instruction manual on Koryŏ that's choked with attention-grabbing information came across nowhere else on way of life, heritage, customs and manners, constructions, the army, meals, between others. even if, Xu Jing was once now not impartial in his observations and supplemented his paintings with unreliable details from past chronicles—a truth usually overlooked in prior reports of the Illustrated Account. In a considerable advent to his translation, Sem Vermeersch not just areas this significant paintings in its old context, but additionally finds either the resources utilized by the writer and the advantages and boundaries of his observations, permitting historians of medieval Korea to make fuller use of this singular fundamental source.

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