Laura (tavella) wrote,

Screwed up families, 11th century Japan edition

So I was reading Fujiwara no Michinaga's Full Moon poem, as you do, and ended up wandering onto wikipedia. After attempting to follow the daughters' imperial families, I was forced to make a chart, and I must share it with you.

This is only a highlight -- everyone at the top level is cousins as well.

That is one of the few family trees that I have seen that rivals Charles V of Spain for paucity of grandparents and great grandparents, especially the lower left where Michinaga's daughter has two sons who both marry their aunts, with whom they have children that promptly marry each other.

I was wondering how it was we don't get the same sort of stories from Japan as we do about Charles V (and Juana the Mad and all that lot), but then I noticed that neither Go-Reizei or Go-Sanjo had any children that lived, so they probably were feeling the effects. Plus at the time Japanese emperors were just disposable puppets so you didn't get the "empire resting on a drooling idiot" effect.
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