- Rider(s):Maeda Toshiie
(1538 –1599) served Oda Nobunaga from childhood and was one of the leading generals. His loyalty was rewarded by being allowed to be the head of the Maeda clan, very unusual for a fourth son with no apparent failures among his elder brothers. Toshiie became a friend to Toyotomi Hideyoshi in his youth and was a lifelong rival of Tokugawa Ieyasu. After defeating the Asakura clan, Maeda fought under Shibata Katsuie in the Hokuriku area. He was eventually granted a domain spanning Noto and Kaga Provinces. Despite its small size, Kaga was a highly productive province, which would eventually develop into the wealthiest han in Edo period Japan. After Nobunaga’s assassination he battled Hideyoshi under Shibata Katsui’s command in the Battle of Shizugatake. After Shibata’s defeat, Toshiie worked for Hideyoshi and became one of his leading generals. Before dying in 1598, Hideyoshi named Toshiie to the council of Five Elders to support his son Toyotomi Hideyori until he should be old enough to take control on his own. However, Toshiie himself was ailing, and could manage to support Hideyori for only a year before he died as well.
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