The Rise of the Administrative Nobility

Thomas Donald Conlan

in From Sovereign to Symbol

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199778102
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919079 | DOI:
The Rise of the Administrative Nobility

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This chapter recounts how members of an ambitious group of administrative nobles relied upon prophecies and deductive notions to undermine the court notion of precedent. It also shows how these ideologues flourished after the administrative revitalization of the court by the emperor Go-Saga. In addition, this chapter explains how a succession dispute among Go-Saga's heirs, who founded the Jimyō’in and Daikakuji lineages, profoundly unsettled the court. This chapter then explores the career of Hino Toshimitsu and reveals that loyalty to the throne proved to be the surest way to achieve influence and success. Finally, this chapter explains how the turmoil at the court ushered in civil war, and the destruction of the Kamakura bakufu.

Keywords: administrative nobles; Hino; Kamakura bakufu; civil war; Daikakuji lineage

Chapter.  10215 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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