Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Nasty Hostage Life

There is a great article by Oda Yumiko https://t.co/jJAYd8f1B3 on how cruel life was for women at the top during the Sengoku Era.  They were treated like cattle and used as political pawns.  The article explains how Nobunaga's aunt, Otsuya no Kata was first married to the Iwamura Castle (Located in North Gifu) Toyama Kagetou.  However, he died of illness during the earlier 1570s when Takeda Shingen's retainer Akiyama Nobutomo attacked the castle.  Otsuya no Kata was not in the mood for fighting and promised to marry Nobutomo for the surrender of Iwamura.  Nobutomo agreed and Iwamura was in the hands of the Takeda.

Then in 1575, not long after the Battle of Nagashino, Nobunaga attacked Iwamura and it was in the hands of the Oda again.  That being said, Akiyama Nobutomo and Nobunaga's niece ended up being crucified on the banks of the Nagara River in Gifu.

Nobunaga no tame!

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