“History is written by the victors” is a familiar refrain, but not one that takes account of historians’ power and influence at the early 19th-century Joseon court – or their voluminous, swishing silk robes and hats like semaphore signals.

Yes, it’s time for another superior, splendidly costumed historical romance, with understated comedy thrown in, of the sort done so well by Korean television. Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung, which has just started its debut-season run on Netflix (new…



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