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Zhongzhenlu 忠貞錄

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Zhongzhenlu 忠貞錄 "Records of the loyal and incorruptible" is an unsystematic biography of Zhuo Jing 卓敬 compiled by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholars Li Weiyue 李維樾 and Li Cengzhi 林增志. Zhuo Ying, courtesy name Zhuo Weigong 卓惟恭, came from Rui'an 瑞安 (modern Rui'an, Zhejiang) and passed the metropolitan examination in the early decades of the Ming. He served as palace steward (jishizhong 給事中) and recommended transferring the Prince of Yan 燕, Zhu Di 朱棣, to the more distant princedom of Nanchang 南昌. When the Prince of Yan effectively mounted the throne (known as the Yongle Emperor 永樂, r. 1403-1424), Zhuo Jing decided to die instead of serving him. Prince Fu 福王 bestowed upon him the posthumous title of Zhongzhen 忠貞 "The loyal and incorruptible".
The 3 juan "scrolls" long Zhongzhenlu includes in the first part the writings of Zhuo Jing, like poems, essays and tomb inscriptions, and is enriched by a praise and an introduction. The second part includes writings of later persons about Zhuo Jing. An appendix includes the biographies of Huang Yangzheng 黄養正 and Chen Maolie 陳茂烈 who both came from the same village as Zhuo Jing. Huang Yangzheng also died when Prince Yan mounted the throne.
The Zhongzhenlu is included in the imperial collectaneum Siku quanshu 四庫全書 and was reprinted in 1935 by the Shangwu press 商務印書館.


Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (ed 1996), Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, p. 983.

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