Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Frois take on Mitsuhide

Brandon C. Schindwolf's Toki wa ima is a great paper on why Mitsuhide rebelled against Nobunaga. He provided his paper with all sides of the story. That being said, my favorite is on Luis Frois's opinion on Akechi Mitsuhide.

(Schindewolf, pp. 23-24)

"He explains that Akechi was a man who, through his own resourcefulness, foresight, and cunning, gained Nobunaga's favor, though not being of any noble orgin. However, to those in Nobunaga's inner circle, Akechi was an outsider, and was not held in high regard--but ever so, Akechi had a mysterious or strange way of holding on to, and even increasing his standing with Nobunaga. A man prone to betrayal and to secret gatherings, cruel in handing out punishment, and a despot who was shrewd in disguising himself, he was skilled in conspiracy, strong in perseverance, and a master of deception and scheming."

Tenka no tame!

4 comments:

Toshogu said...

I would not be surprised if Mitsuhide was as Frois described. He definitely was an outsider and was probably treated that way not just by Nobunaga but by the other Oda generals as well.

otsuke said...

I do know this, Mitsuhide was a talented man. Nobunaga and other Sengoku warlords were always looking for men who can help them.

Toshogu said...

I started up a little conversation over on the SA in the Nobunaga Redux thread about how Nobunaga expanded militarily between 1560 and 1567. It is such a dramatic increase in power and it was this increase in military strength that allowed him to move in to the national scene.

otsuke said...

Nice. I am at work at the moment and do not have my copy of the Shincho-Ko ki with me. Mino was wealthy because it had a strong economic base (trading routes). Located in central Japan and rivers that flowed into Ise Bay.