Thursday, September 18, 2014
I received my copy of the Saga of the Samurai series on Takeda Nobutora earlier this week. Terje Solum and Anders K. Rue's take on Takeda Nobutora (1494-1574) is very good and highly recommend this book for anyone who is a scholar on the Sengoku Era. Nobutora was banished by his son Shingen (Takeda Harunobu) in 1541. Nobutora ended up in Sunpu as a guest of Imagawa Yoshimoto. The two did get along well. Nobutora did have some freedom to move as long as he did not set foot in Kai. He visited Kyoto in 1558.
That being said, Nobunaga's victory at the Battle of Okehazama in 1560 changed everything. Not only Yoshimoto was killed in action, but Nobutora's situation changed too. Yoshimoto's lame son Ujizane did not get with Nobutora. There are two reasons why. 1) Imagawa Ujizane was a feeble minded fool. 2) Nobutora probably scared Ujizane to death as he struck fear into people. Nobutora ended up leaving Sunpu in 1563.
Nobunaga no tame!