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Jingkang yaolu 靖康要錄

Mar 1, 2012 © Ulrich Theobald

Jingkang yaolu 靖康要錄 "Important records from the Jingkang reign (1126–1127)" is a history of the end of the Northern Song dynasty 北宋 (960-1126) written by Wang Zao 汪藻 (1079 -1154, courtesy name Yanzhang 彦章). The 16-juan long book is also known with the title Jingkang zhaozhi 靖康詔旨 "Imperial rescripts from the Jingkang reign".

It is written in an annalistic style and covers the time period from 1100 to 1127. The part covering the years before the Jingkang reign are quotations from imperial edicts (zhaozhi 詔旨), the rest is the author's own product. It includes important details on the politics of war and peace between the Song and the Jin 金 (1115-1234) empires, and provides countless details on the administrative system of the Song.

Quite a few memorials of ministers to the court are quoted that are a useful supplement to the official history of that period. It served as a source for Hong Mai's 洪邁 (1123–1202) "veritable records" of the reign of Emperor Qinzong (r. 1125–1126), Qinzong shilu 欽宗實錄, that was published in 1167. In spite of all advantages, the Jingkang yaolu also includes incorrect statements and inaccuracies.

The Jingkang yaolu is included in the series Congshu jicheng chubian 叢書集成初編, Shiwanjuanlou congshu 十萬卷樓叢書 and Siku quanshu 四庫全書.

Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰, eds. (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 1, 895.