Go-Daigo, who in the early years of his former reign had been a man of indomitable courage and energy, seems to have lost the best traits of his character in his exile, retaining only his imperious will and susceptibility to flattery. To this degenerate Sampson a Delilah was not wanting. He fell an easy victim to the wiles of one man, though the shears by which his strength was shorn were held by a woman.
Ashikaga was a consummate master of the arts of adulation and political craft. He was now to further prove his skill, and to verify the warning of Nitta and the ministers. The emperor made Moriyoshi, his own son, shogun. Ashikaga, jealous of the appointment, and having too ready access to the infatuated fathers ear, told him that his son was plotting to get possession of the throne. Moriyoshi, hating the flatterer, and stung to rage by the base slander, marched against him.
Ashikaga now succeeded by means of his ally in the imperial bed in making himself, in the eyes of the Mikado, the first victim to the conspiracies of the prince. So great was his power over the emperor that he obtained from the imperial hand a decree to punish his enemy Moriyoshi as a “choteki,” or rebel, against the Mikado.
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From General Nelson A. Miles
Thrilling Stories of The Russian-Japanese War, 1904