Fujiwara no Teishi

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Fujiwara no Teishi
藤原定子
Empress consort of Japan
TenureOctober 26, 990 – January 13, 1001
Born977
DiedJanuary 13, 1001(1001-01-13) (aged 23–24)
Spouse Emperor Ichijō
Issue
  • Princess Shushi
  • Prince Atsuyasu
  • Princess Bishi
House Yamato
Father Fujiwara no Michitaka
Mother Takashina no Kishi

Fujiwara no Teishi(藤原 定子, 977 – January 13, 1001) was an empress consort of the Japanese Emperor Ichijō. She appears in the literary classic The Pillow Book written by her court lady Sei Shōnagon.

Emperor Ichijō Emperor of Japan

Emperor Ichijō was the 66th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession.

<i>The Pillow Book</i> book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shōnagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi (定子) during the 990s and early 1000s in Heian Japan, completed in the year 1002

The Pillow Book is a book of observations and musings recorded by Sei Shōnagon during her time as court lady to Empress Consort Teishi (定子) during the 990s and early 1000s in Heian Japan. The book was completed in the year 1002.

Sei Shōnagon Japanese author and a court lady

Sei Shōnagon was a Japanese author, poet and a court lady who served the Empress Teishi (Sadako) around the year 1000 during the middle Heian period. She is the author of The Pillow Book.

She was the first daughter of Fujiwara no Michitaka (藤原道隆). [1] She was arranged to marry the Emperor upon the ceremony of his age of majority. She was given the title of Empress, her father was formally appointed regent to the Emperor, and her sister was later married to the Emperor's cousin and Crown Prince.

Fujiwara no Michitaka, the first son of Kaneie, was a Kugyō of the Heian period. He served as regent (Sesshō) for the Emperor Ichijō, and later as Kampaku. Ichijō married Michitaka's daughter Teishi (Sadako), thus continuing the close ties between the Imperial family and the Fujiwara.

Empress Teishi hosted a literary and cultural court, and Sei Shōnagon was appointed her lady-in-waiting. In 995, a series of events unfolded which deteriorated her position. Her father died and was succeeded as regent by his rival, her uncle Fujiwara no Michinaga, and her brothers were exiled from court. The regent her uncle made his daughter Fujiwara no Shōshi the second consort of the Emperor, and secured the title Empress for her as well: for the first time in Japan, the Emperor had two Empresses, Teishi with the title Kōgō and Shōshi with the title Chūgū. This created fierce rivalry between the two Empresses and her last four years was described as a period of humiliation for her. [2]

Fujiwara no Michinaga Japanese nobleman of the Heian period

Fujiwara no Michinaga was a Japanese statesman. The Fujiwara clan's control over Japan and its politics reached its zenith under his leadership.

Fujiwara no Teishi died in childbirth.

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Notes

  1. "Sadako (r. 976–1001)". Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Gale. 2002. Archived from the original on 2016-03-13.
  2. Gergana Ivanova, Unbinding The Pillow Book: The Many Lives of a Japanese Classic
Japanese royalty
Preceded by
Fujiwara no Junshi
Empress consort of Japan
990–1001
Succeeded by
Fujiwara no Shōshi

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