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The End of the Past

Thomas Donald Conlan

in From Sovereign to Symbol

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199778102
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778102.003.0008
The End of the Past

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Chapter 6 reveals how Kenshun's successor, the Sanbō’in monk Kōzei, in an alliance with Nijō Yoshimoto, acted with ritual freedom and undermined the rituals and influence of the court in favor of the Ashikaga. Kōzei and Yoshimoto acted with great freedom in enhancing Ashikaga authority at the expense of the court, by even ensuring that a monarch of dubious parentage ascended the throne, and they succeeded in allowing for the third Ashikaga shogun Yoshimitsu to start behaving as if he were sovereign. Kōzei also used his authority in the capital to assert Sanbō’in rights to provincial lands. Kōzei's sudden death, however, meant that he could not transfer all of his ritual knowledge to an heir, and weakened the authority of the Sanbō’in monzeki.

Keywords: Ashikaga Yoshimitsu; Sanbō’in; monzeki; sovereignty; ritual knowledge

Chapter.  11291 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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