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?e no Hiromoto
|Died||July 16, 1225 (aged 76 or 77)|
A great-grandson of the famous scholar ?e no Masafusa, he was born to ?e no Koremitsu and adopted by Nakahara Hirosue but later returned to the ?e family in 1216. There is another theory that Hiromoto was born to Fujiwara no Mitsuyoshi. As a minor noble, he originally served at the Imperial Court in Kyoto.
In 1184 he was invited to Kamakura by Minamoto no Yoritomo, who later founded the Kamakura shogunate. He became the first head (bett?) of the new Kumonjo (Board of Public Documents) in the same year and then of the Mandokoro (Administrative Board) in 1191. On Hiromoto's advice, Yoritomo appointed jit? and shugo in 1185, which helped to strengthen shogunal control over the provinces. In 1190 ?e followed Yoritomo to Kyoto and remained there to negotiate with the imperial court until 1192.
After Yoritomo's death, ?e won the trust of his widow, H?j? Masako, and assisted in the H?j? clan's seizure of power. He was involved in several important events in the shogunate. In 1199 real power was moved from second sh?gun Minamoto no Yoriie to the council of influential gokenin. In 1203 the sh?gun was arrested along with his supporter Hiki Yoshikazu. Hiromoto also helped the H?j? clan crush enemies as Hatakeyama Shigetada, Hiraga Asamasa and Wada Yoshimori.
In the J?ky? War he insisted on making a sudden attack to Kyoto and contributed to the shogunate's overwhelming victory. He died after backing up H?j? Yasutoki's succession. His fourth son founded the M?ri clan.