Konoe Taneie was the 15th head of the Konoe family, one of the five "regent" houses (gosekke) among the court nobility. As well as serving as kanpaku, he was the direct uncle of two Ashikaga shoguns, and father-in-law to one.
Taneie was close with the Sôshû Shimazu clan as well, who were at that time gradually expanding their power in southern Kyushu. Taneie requested, and was given, financial assistance from the Shimazu, granting them courtly and cultural favors in return. For example, he recommended Shimazu Takahisa and Shimazu Yoshihisa for promotion in court rank on several occasions, and wrote an afterword for Shimazu Tadayoshi's version of the iroha poem.
- "Konoe Taneie," Satsuma Shimazu-ke no rekishi, Shôkoshûseikan official website.