But he placed chief reliance upon Iyeyasu, whom he appointed president of the board of regents.
Iyeyasu, though of indomitable courage in war, was a man of gentle methods.
Time showed that he granted a perspicuity and energy to the members of his council which Iyeyasu alone possessed.
Iyeyasu's plan was one of conciliation and the prevention of hostile union.
Katsuyori and his tribe cut belly at Temmoku-zan, the last and successful bid of Iyeyasu against his former enemies.
Here, under the dominance of the great Iyeyasu, the life of the empire was brought to a focus.
During only two generations were the successors of Iyeyasu able to resist this traditional tendency.
The political successor of Hideyoshi was Iyeyasu—a man even greater, perhaps, than his predecessor.
To prevent surprise, Iyeyasu sent in front of his army a body of guards bearing white flags, to give quick warning of an advance.
In this castle Hideyori gave shelter to some Christians, and Iyeyasu called out a great army and laid siege to it.