Saturday, March 17, 2012

Nobuhide's Death Part II

When Oda Nobuhide (Owari no Tora) passed away, he had some accomplishments and failures that were important for the future of the Oda house.

  • Formed a strategic alliance with Saito Dosan of Mino (the marriage between Nobunaga and Nohime).
  • Was able to told hold off the Imagawa/Matsudaira of Mikawa.
  • Failed to unify Owari. Nobunaga finished his father's job when he unified Owari in 1559.

Here is another story on Nobuhide;s death which can be found in Jeroen Lamers Japonius Tyrannus page 24. The Jesuit missionary Luis Frois tells the grim story when Nobunaga shot some monks to death because they lied to him about his father's health.

"When his father lay mortally ill in Owari, Nobunaga asked the bonzes to pray for his life and asked them whether he would recover from his illness. They assured him that he would, but he died a few days later. Nobunaga then had the bonzes thrown into a temple with the doors locked from the outside; he told the bonzes that, as they had lied to him about the health of his father, they had better pray to their idols with greater devotion for their own lives. After surrounding them on the outside, he shot some of them to death with harquebuses."

To be honest, the monks had no way of knowing when Nobunaga's father was going to die. That was in God's hands. It does show that even at a young age: you mess with Nobunaga, you pay the price--death!

Nobunaga no tame!


Jon Lenvik said...

I have wondered how the Oda under Nobuhide was able to hold off the Imagawa and Matsudaira. Under Nobunaga, the Oda only had about 2000 soldiers to go against the 25000 Imagawa. How large was Nobuhide's army when he was able to withstand the combined Imagawa/Matsudaira forces?

otsuke said...

Nobuhide did take Anjo Castle in 1540 and placed Nobunaga's half-brother Nobuhiro in charge. Lost the castle in 1549. Yoshimoto's failed Kyoto campaign did not start until 1560. He still had the Hojo and the Takeda to worry about. Nobuhide was able to hold the ranks until his death. Also the Oda-Saito alliance was a key factor. With both house leaders in charge, Yoshimoto had to wait until the time was right.