Views from the Court
This chapter focuses on the women involved in the medieval restoration of Hokkeji, many of which served as ladies-in-waiting under powerful royal women. As former ladies-in-waiting, they were well educated, well connected, and proud of the social status they possessed. The ties they had formed with each other as a community of cultural producers and patrons—ties supported by a shared sense of history that allowed them to feel connected both to each other and to ladies-in-waiting of times past—positioned them to formulate and support the restoration of Hokkeji both ideologically and economically. The chapter then examines how members of court society viewed nuns as well as the relationship between women and Buddhism.
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