This week: patricide, rebellions, and royal incest. Oh, also the increasing destabilization of the Heian government as ever more power falls into the hands of Taira no Kiyomori.
Listen to the episode here.
McCullough, Hellen. The Tale of the Heike.
Sansom, George. A History of Japan to 1334.
Totman, Conrad. A History of Japan.
Fujiwara no Michinori as depicted later in life. This illustration is from the late Edo period; artistic representations of this period were common, as it became something of a cultural touchstone later in Japanese history.
Minamoto warriors during the coup slaying their political opponents.
Go-Shirakawa and his heir escaping Kyoto. Without the imperial family, the position of the Minamoto would deteriorate rapidly, culminating in the suppression of their coup after only 17 days.
The final attack on the fortified Minamoto. Though the attempt to use fire to drive the Minamoto out would fail, Taira subterfuge would eventually win the day.