Taiheiki A Chronicle of Medieval Japan

ISBN-10: 0804835381

ISBN-13: 9780804835381

Edition: 2004

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This celebrated literary classic has delighted generations of Japanese. In its pages, the Western reader will find a vivid contemporary description of the fourteenth-century intrigues and battles that led to the destruction of the Hojo family, the military overlords of the nation, and made it possible for the Emperor Go-Daigo (1288-1339), one of Japan's most remarkable sovereigns, to reassert the power of the throne. Go-Daigo's first hesitant attempts to overthrow the Hojo, the early defeats suffered by his supporters, his dethronement and exile, the legendary exploits of his generals, the growing strength of his arms, and his ultimate return to the throne are all recounted in engrossing detail. The book's anonymous authors diversify their narrative through skillful use of the rich treasure house of the Chinese dynastic histories, the verse of the Six Dynasties and T'ang, and the Confucian teachings underlying the strict warrior code of loyalty and filial piety. They write with a deep sense of the inevitability of karmadetermined fate and the impermanence of man and his works, but the virile spirit of the age is reflected in their praise of valor and military prowess, their taste for descriptions of the trappings of war, and their frequent irreverent asides. Book jacket.
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 3/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 452
Size: 0.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Preface
Introduction
The Reign of Go-Daigo Tenno and the Prosperity of the Military
The Abolition of the Barriers
The Nomination of a Consort and the Matter of Lady Sammi
The Princes
The Inner Princess Prays for a Safe Delivery; the Matter of Toshimoto's Feigned Seclusion
The Band of Roisterers and Gen'e's Discourses on Literature
Yorikazu Changes His Loyalty
Suketomo and Toshimoto Go Down to the Kanto; the Imperial Message
The Imperial Journeys to the Southern Capital and the Northern Peak
The Arrest of the Monks and Their Removal to Rokuhara; Tameakira's Poem
The Three Monks Go Down to the Kanto
Toshimoto no Ason Goes Back to the Kanto
The Opinion of Nagasaki Shinsaemon-no-jo and the Matter of Master Kumawaka
The Execution of Toshimoto and the Matter of Sukemitsu
Marvelous Things in the Realm
Morokata Climbs the Mountain; The Battle of Karasaki Beach
The Highnesses of the Jimyoin Go to Rokuhara
The Coming of the Supreme Highness Is Found to Be a Deceit, Wherefore the Heart of the Mountain Gate Changes; Also, the Matter of Chi Hsin
The Dream of the Supreme Highness and the Matter of Kusunoki
The Battle of Kasagi; How Suyama and Komiyama Attacked by Night
The Supreme Highness Flees from Kasagi
The Battle of Akasaka Castle
Sakurayama's Suicide
The Captives of Kasagi Are Put to Death or Sent into Exile; The Matter of Lord Fujifusa
The Verse of the Seven-Year-Old Prince
The Matter of the First Prince and the Prince of the Myohoin
Chun Ming-chi Visits the Palace
The Grief of the Inner Princess
The Former Sovereign Goes into Exile
The Matter of Bingo no Saburo Takanori; the Fighting Between Wu and Yueh
The Enthronement of the Highness of the Jimyoin
Lord Nobufusa Serves Two Masters
The Extinction of the New Perpetual Lamp of the Central Hall
The Sagami Lay Monk Amuses Himself with Field Music; the Matter of the Dog Fights
How Tokimasa Shut Himself Up at Enoshima to Pray
The Prince of the Great Pagoda Flees to Kumano
The Dream of Lady Mimbukyo
Kusunoki Goes to the Tennoji; The Matter of Suda, Takahashi, and Utsunomiya
Masashige Beholds the forecast of the Tennoji
The Prince of the Great Pagoda Issues a Command to the Lay Monk Akamatsu Enshin
A Host from the Kanto Goes Up to the Capital
The Battle of Akasaka; How Hitomi and Homma Went before Others
The Battle of Yoshino Castle
The Battle of Chihaya Castle
Nitta Yoshisada Receives an Imperial Mandate
The Rising of Akamatsu
Doi and Tokuno Raise Their Banners
The Former Sovereign Goes to Funanoe
The Battle of Funanoe
The Battle of Maya, and the Battles of Sakabe and Segawa
The Battle of the Twelfth Day of the Third Month
The Highness of the Jimyoin Goes to Rokuhara
The Sacred Rituals in the Palaces of the Emperor and the Retired Emperor; The Battle of Yamazaki
The Soldier-Monks of the Enryakuji Invade the Capital
The Battle of the Third Day of the Fourth Month, and the Valor of Mega Magosaburo
The Supreme Highness Performs the Rites of the Golden Wheel; Lord Chigusa Fights in the Capital
The Fire at the Tani-no-do Temple
Lord Ashikaga Goes Up to the Capital
The Attack on Yamazaki and the Battle of Koganawate
Lord Ashikaga Crosses Beyond Oe Mountain
Lord Ashikaga Comes to Shinomura, Whereupon the Men of the Provinces Gallop to Join Him
Takauji Offers Up a Petition at Shinomura Hachiman Shrine
The Attack on Rokuhara
The Flight of the Supreme Highness and the Former Emperors
The Suicide of Nakatoki and His Warriors
The Fifth Prince Captures the Supreme Highness and the Former Emperors; the Minister Sukena Renounces the World
The Defeat of the Chihaya Attackers
Master Senjuo Flees from Okura Valley
The Revolt of Nitta Yoshisada; How a Goblin Summoned the Armies of Echigo
Miura Otawa Speaks of Warfare
The Battle of Kamakura
The Suicide of the Akahashi Governor of Sagami; Homma's Suicide
A Beach Appears at Inamura Cape
War Fires in Kamakura; the Bravery of Nagasaki and His Son
Daibutsu Sadanao and Kanazawa Sadamasa Die in Battle
Shinnin Dies by His Own Hand
The Suicide of Shioda and His Son
The Suicide of the Shiaku Lay Monk
The Suicide of the Ando Lay Monk; The Matter of Wang Ling of Han
Master Kameju Flees to Shinano; Sakon-no-taifu Escapes in Disguise to Oshu
The Last Battle of Nagasaki Jiro Takashige
Takatoki and His Kinsmen Kill Themselves at the Toshoji Temple
Godaiin Uemon Muneshige Deceives Sagami Taro
The Generals Send Couriers to Funanoe
The Emperor Visits Shosha Mountain; Nitta's Report
Masashige Comes to Hyogo; the Emperor Returns to the Capital
The Battle of Tsukushi
The Surrender of the Military Governor of Nagato
The Suicide of the Steward of Ushi-ga-hara in Echizen
The Suicide of the Protector of Etchu; the Matter of the Unquiet Spirits
The Punishment of the Besiegers of Mount Kongo; the Matter of Sakai Sadatoshi
The Court Governs Alone
The Building of the Great Palace Enclosure; the Matter of the Shrine of Sugawara no Michizane
The Rites for the Pacification of the State, and the Rewards Given to the Grand Marshals
The Extravagance of Lord Chigusa and the Monk Reformer Monkan; the Matter of the Most Holy Gedatsu
Hiroari Shoots a Strange Bird
The Matter of the Garden of Divine Waters
The Banishment of the Princely Minister of Military Affairs; the Matter of Lady Li
Character List
Index
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