Princess Saohime Dies In Her Brother’s Castle, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Princess Saohime was first wife of Emperor Suinin, probably the 11th Emperor of Japan, from 29 BCE - 70 CE (sic). She had just borne the required son, when she was approached by her brother, Prince Sahohiko, to murder the Emperor so Sahohiko could seize the throne. Presented with the opportunity, she could not do it: instead, she revealed the plot. The war that followed was bloody and protracted, eventually turning against the Prince. Saohime, mourning the loss of her brother, joined him in his palace, refusing to leave when it was put to the torch, announcing that she would die to expiate the guilt of rebelling against the Emperor.