chapter  XV
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The Greatest and Powerfullest Tewany

R ichard Cocks had barely been resident in Japan for a year when he described the nature of the Tokugawa rCgime to Lord Salisbury thus;

Cocks was not exaggerating in the slightest; the Tokugawa rCgime was an efficient, spy-ridden despotism which would have excited jealousy in the minds of European absolutist monarchs. The foundations of Tokugawa absolutist power were laid between 1600, the year of Ieyasu's victory at the decisive battle of Sekigahara, and 1616, the year of Ieyasu's death and his succession by Hidetada, his son.