Fujiwara no Nakamaro
- Period: Nara Period
- Occupation: –
- Family: Fujiwara no Muchimaro (father) Fujiwara no Toyonari (brother) Fujiwara no Otomaro (brother)
- Fujiwara no Asukabehime (aunt) Emperor Shōmu (uncle)
- Birth: 706AD
Fujiwara no Nakamarō
After the Emperor Shōmu abdicated he nominated a Crown Prince for the following Emperor, his daughter Kōken. However, Nakamarō saw to it that this Crown Prince resigned from the position, paving the way for Emperor Junnin to eventually take the throne who had connections to his family after he also convinced Emperor Kōken to abdicate.3
In 764AD Kōken threatens Emperor Junnin and the position Nakamarō now had as the power behind the Emperor and so he ceases the Privy Seal looking to replace Junnin with a new candidate on the throne. Kōken learns of the plot, and so has Nakamarō and his wife, captured, exiled and killed.3 Kibi no Makibi okayed a role in helping surpress his rebellion.2
1. Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth (2002) “Japan Encyclopedia”. London: Harvard University Press.
2. Kodansha. (1993) ”Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia”. Tokyo: Kodansha Ltd.
3. Tsurumi, P. (1981) “Early Female Emperors” Historical Reflections Vol.8 No.1 pp.41-49.
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