Emperor Go-Reizei

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Emperor Go-Reizei (後冷泉天皇 Go-Reizei-tennō?, August 28, 1023 – May 22, 1068) was the 70th emperor of Japan,[1] according to the traditional order of succession.[2]

Go-Reizei's reign spanned the years 1045–1068.[3]

This 11th century sovereign was named after the 10th century Emperor Reizei and go- (後), translates literally as "later;" and thus, he is sometimes called the "Later Emperor Reizei". The Japanese word "go" has also been translated to mean the "second one;" and in some older sources, this emperor may be identified as "Reizei, the second," or as "Reizei II."


Traditional narrative

Before his ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne, his personal name (imina)[4] was Chikahito-shinnō (親仁親王).[5]

He was the eldest son of Emperor Go-Suzaku. His mother was Fujiwara no Kishi (藤原嬉子), formerly Naishi-no kami, daughter of Fujiwara no Michinaga.

Go-Reizei has three Empresses and no Imperial sons or daughters.[6]

Events of Go-Reizei's life

  • February 5, 1045 (Kantoku 2, 16th day of the 1st month) : Emperor Go-Suzaku abdicated; and his eldest son receive the succession (‘‘senso’’) on the same day. Shortly thereafter, Emperor Go-Reizei formally accedes to the throne (‘‘sokui’’).[7] The following year, the era name is changed to mark the beginning of Go-Reizei's reign.[6]
  • February 7, 1045 (Kantoku 2, 18th day in the 1st month): Go-Suzaku died at the age of 37.[8]

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