Samurai: The Story of Japan's Great Warriors

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PRC, 2004 - History - 256 pages
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Four vellum sections build up the layers of armor worn by the samurai, and text by a world-recognized expert on the subject, provide an inimitable look at the mysterious ancient Japanese warrior class. Every image and page offers fascinating insight, from an overview of early Japan and the emperor system to the specifics of weaponry. The story begins as the samurai come into being in the 800s, and defines exactly what they are. Tales of the great battles and feuds, and commentary on the politics of the time, bring these compelling soldiers to life. The comprehensive information covers such issues as the samurai's ranks and grades, way of life, retainers, loyalty (bushido), and training. An absolutely compelling guide.

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Turnbull, who has published widely for general readers on the samurai and Japanese warfare, here offers a sumptuous volume vividly depicting the samurai as a warrior class, ending with the Meiji ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Dr. Stephen Turnbull is recognized as the leading non-Japanese authority on the samurai, with a knowledge base that is unrivaled. He has published 22 books since 1977, most on Japanese topics, and is a guest lecturer at Leeds University.

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