Minamoto no Yoshitsune

1159 - 1189

Minamoto no Yoshitsune

Minamoto no Yoshitsune (源 義経, 1159 – June 15, 1189) was a military commander of the Minamoto clan of Japan in the late Heian and early Kamakura periods. During the Genpei War, he led a series of battles which toppled the Ise-Heishi branch of the Taira clan, helping his half-brother Yoritomo consolidate power. He is considered one of the greatest and the most popular warriors of his era, and one of the most famous samurai fighters in the history of Japan. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Minamoto no Yoshitsune has received more than 822,803 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 102nd most popular military personnel.

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Among military personnels, Minamoto no Yoshitsune ranks 102 out of 1,194Before him are Pancho Villa, Stilicho, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Cimon, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, and Lyudmila Pavlichenko. After him are Dong Zhuo, Klaus Barbie, Louis-Nicolas Davout, Theodor Eicke, Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, and Narses.

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Among people born in 1159, Minamoto no Yoshitsune ranks 1 Among people deceased in 1189, Minamoto no Yoshitsune ranks 2Before him is Henry II of England. After him are William II of Sicily, Benkei, Gerard de Ridefort, Matilda of England, Duchess of Saxony, Frederick, Duke of Bohemia, and Humbert III, Count of Savoy.

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Among people born in Japan, Minamoto no Yoshitsune ranks 29 out of 3,113Before him are Osamu Tezuka (1928), Hattori Hanzō (1542), Himiko (175), Gichin Funakoshi (1868), Kenzaburō Ōe (1935), and Morihei Ueshiba (1883). After him are Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894), Lee Myung-bak (1941), Saigō Takamori (1828), Olivia de Havilland (1916), Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (1892), and Takeda Shingen (1521).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Minamoto no Yoshitsune ranks 5Before him are Oda Nobunaga (1534), Tokugawa Ieyasu (1542), Isoroku Yamamoto (1884), and Hattori Hanzō (1542). After him are Saigō Takamori (1828), Date Masamune (1567), Hiroo Onoda (1922), Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), Chūichi Nagumo (1887), Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837), and Tadamichi Kuribayashi (1891).

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