The Taiheiki: A Chronicle of Medieval Japan
A classic tale recounting the adventures and intrigue of Emperor Go–Daigo (1288 — 1339) and his court, including his rise to power, his exile and his triumphant return to the throne. Incorporated into this story is the verse of the Six Dynasties and T'ang, and the Confucian teachings that underlie the stern warrior code of loyalty and filial piety.
Usually I prefer to read the source materials, and then the other writings after, but I didn't really have a choice in this case if I wanted to keep up some kind of forward moving chronology. The last 4 or so books I've read (and ...more
Varying families, clans and factions had been vying for power throughout the thirteenth century, and the book tells the story of how everything came to a head when Emperor Go-Daigo ascended the throne in 1318 and decided he'd had enough of the imperial throne being rendered powerless by the bakufu (military government), and more recently by the ultra ...more