The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong

The first 3 memoirs: story of her earlier life and her marriage into the royal family, and championing (in some cases “defending” her natal family.) These memoirs are more personal, and overall three hangs a shadow: the fate of her husband, Crown Prince Sado, who was executed in 1762. His reputation after his death threatens the position of her offspring. * *The fourth memoir: story of her husband Sado, the most important piece The memoir of 1795

Genre: Family injunctionThe first memoir was written for the benefit of her nephew, in conformity with the tradition of a family elder writing an injunction for the instruction of the younger members of the family, exhorting them to follow in the footsteps of honorable family elders. It contains a most poignant and endearing account of how the author, an innocent child of nine, was suddenly wrenched from her loving home and put in a strange and awesome court. It is also gives an intimate view of the princess’s natal home, which was that of an exemplary Korean scholar. * Defend the integrity of her natal family, reclaim the honorable family tradition * The unspoken subjects of the first memoir:

“With his exceptional talent and superior scholarship, Prince Sado wouldsurely have achieved greatness. Of its own record, however, illness seeped into his remarkable nature and…began to manifest itself in strange symptoms.” 1. Her husband’s insanity

 Her husband’s execution in the rice chestOn the thirteenth day, Heaven and Earth clashed and the sun and moon turned black. When this calamity happened, how could I desire to live even one second longer!” 3

The loss of her son

SilenceThe memoir of 1805: breaking the silenceChronicle the death of her husband at the hands of her father-in-law * Audience: her grandson King Sunjo Reason: false versions has proliferated. She felt the need to inform her grandson, the new king, the exact truth of the incident “feeling that my descriptions might cast a blemish on their virtue. But I cannot withhold the truth.” * Genre: writing a history