The Fujiwara, indeed, wielded nothing of their ancient influence.
His true name was Fujiwara Hidesato, and there is a very interesting story of how he came to change his name.
Michizane was a descendant of Nomi-no-Sukune, and did not belong to the Fujiwara family.
Throughout the Fujiwara era the centre of political gravity remained always in the court.
Fujiwara Takasu appointed Province Governor, goes tohis province with his daughter.
Murasaki Shikibu was the daughter of Fujiwara Tametoki, a scion of a junior branch of the famous family.
But in the middle of the Heian Period the Fujiwara were very much everywhere.
All these circumstances should be viewed only in conjunction with the progress of the political power of the Fujiwara family.
The members of the Fujiwara clan could not compete with those of the Taira.
To historians the Heian Period represents the rise and fall of the Fujiwara family.