Deposed Queen Lady Yun

Deposed Queen Lady Yun
Deposed Queen Lady Yun
Hangul 폐비
Hanja 廢妃
Revised Romanization Deposed Queen
McCune–Reischauer Deposed Queen
Birth name
Hangul 윤씨
Hanja 尹氏
Revised Romanization Lady Yun's
McCune–Reischauer Lady Yun's
Other name
Hangul 제헌왕후
Hanja 齊獻王后
Revised Romanization Queen jeheon
McCune–Reischauer Queen jeheon

Deposed Queen Lady Yun or Waste Queen Lady Yun (korea:폐비윤씨, hanja:廢妃 尹氏, ? - August 16, 1482), 11th generation descendant of General Yun Kwan (윤관), was Joseon Dynasty's King Seongjong of Joseon's second wife. First, she was Royal Noble Consort of the king, then became queen ('gonghye'), after her predecessor died.



Deposed Queen Yoon, formally known as Queen Jeheon, served Prince Yeonsan's father, Seongjong, as a concubine until the death of Queen Gonghye of Han, Seongjong's first wife. With no royal heir, the king was urged by counselors to take a second wife to secure the royal succession.

Lady Yoon was chosen for her beauty, and was formally married in 1476. Several months later, she gave birth to her first son, Yi Yung, later to become king Yeonsangun of Joseon. The new queen proved to be temperamental and highly jealous of Seongjong's concubines living inside the palace, even stooping to poison one of them in 1477.

One night in 1479, she clawed the king, leaving visible scratch marks on his face. King Seongjong tried to conceal the injury, but his mother, Grand Queen Insu, discovered the truth and ordered Lady Yoon, now known as the Deposed Queen Yoon, into exile.

After several rehabilitation attempts initiated by her party, the influential government officials petitioned for her execution. She was sentenced to death and poisoned shortly thereafter.

She is depicted in the first episode of Korean historical drama Dae Jang Geum. However she is portrayed as a kind and good queen in historical drama The King and I.

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