Taira no Shigehira

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Taira no Shigehira (平 重衡) (1158–1185) was one of the sons of Taira no Kiyomori, and one of the Taira Clan's chief commanders during the Heian period of the 12th century of Japan. Following the Battle of Uji in 1180, Shigehira ordered the burning of Nara (see Siege of Nara).[1]

He married Fujiwara no Hoshi (藤原輔子), the second daughter of Dainagon Fujiwara Kunitsuna (藤原邦綱).

Minamoto no Yukiie was defeated at the Battle of Sunomatagawa, after Shigehira was named commander-in-chief of the Taira forces and given 13,000 men.[2]

He was defeated and captured in 1184 at the Battle of Ichi-no-Tani. In 1185, he was then turned over to the monks of the Tōdai-ji monastery, which he had burned in Jan. 1181.[3] He was killed by the monks in revenge.[2]:299,315


  1. ^ Turnbull, Stephen (1977). The Samurai, A Military History. MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc. p. 46-50. ISBN 0026205408.
  2. ^ a b Sansom, George (1958). A History of Japan to 1334. Stanford University Press. p. 292. ISBN 0804705232.
  3. ^ The Tales of the Heike. Translated by Burton Watson. Columbia University Press. 2006. p. 101-109. ISBN 9780231138031.
  • Turnbull, Stephen (1998). The Samurai Sourcebook. London: Cassell & Co.