From Sovereign to Symbol

An Age of Ritual Determinism in Fourteenth Century Japan
Author(s): 
Conlan, Thomas Donald
ISBN: 
9780199778102
Date published: 
August 2011
Hardback
Price: 
£45.00

Fourteenth-century Japan witnessed a conflict about the nature of power that was expressed through the rituals and institutions of two rival courts. Ultimately, political authority came to be asserted through the language of esoteric Buddhist rituals, which determined the parameters of political possibility in Japan.