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Fujiwara dynasty

Japanese family that dominated the imperial government in the Heian period (794-1185) through a permanent regency founded by Fujiwara Yorifusa in 858. The Fujiwara maintained their position by marrying their daughters into the imperial family; Fujiwara no Michinga (966-1028) was the father of four empresses and grandfather to three successive emperors. They used their power to amass huge tax-exempt landholdings. Their influence declined from the 12th century as the samurai clans rose to prominence.

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