Indeed, the Ashikaga move through Japanese history against a background of mikados.
Soon, however, the armies of Ashikaga overran Echizen, and Yoshisada fell in battle.
After two hundred and thirty-eight years of dominion the lordship of the Ashikaga thus came to an end.
The tendency of the Ashikaga times was to encourage individual ambition.
He escaped to the province of Kawachi, and the supremacy of the Ashikaga family came to an end.
They were of the same blood as Nitta and Ashikaga and of the clan of Minamoto.
Yoritomo's descendants gradually degenerated, and were finally overthrown by the Ashikaga family.
The Ashikaga were descendants of the Minamoto, who alone had hereditary claim to this high office.
Two families, the Hojo and the Ashikaga, successively held the shogunate down to the year 1573.