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In January of 1735 Prince Sado was born to King Yongjo and Lady Sonhui With the birth of the heir the future of the throne was secure Due to King Yongjos impatience to formally establish him as the Crown Prince with legal status he was moved to Choson Pavilion which was the residence that was intended for the Crown Prince The pavilion was located far from his parents home There he was cared for by nurses and governesses Putting him there created the impression that the nation already had an adult heir However in Lady Hyegyongs opinion Sados early separation from his parents is what led his to insanity There are many events that may have contributed to Sados illness These events take place throughout Sados life starting from his early years Living at Choson Pavilion without the guidance of his father Prince Sado began getting into trouble His deviant behavior is said to have started with palace matron Hans suggestion to let the Prince play occasionally so that he could vent his frustrations The matrons made swords bows and arrows to play martial games with him Sado thoroughly enjoyed the games however he soon began to worry that his parents would find out Nonetheless the games soon became an obsession Several years later when King Yongjo found out Han was dismissed At about this time a barrier began to grow between the father and son The year when Prince Sados behavior became noticeably strange was 1745 He often fell ill and lost consciousness His illness worsened after the death of his sister Princess Hwapyong whom he was very close to Sado returned to his martial games and when he wasnt occupied with his games he painted He also grew an avid interest for occult texts He spent a large amount of his time studying and memorizing magic formulas Thus his studies suffered significantly King Yongjo would publicly humiliate Sado by testing him on his
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