The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel, Taira Masakado
A portrait of Japan's first significant samurai leader and his world
Was samurai warrior Taira Masakado a quixotic megalomaniac or a hero swept up by events beyond his control? Did he really declare himself to be the "New Emperor"? Did he suffer divine retribution for his ego and ambition? Filled with insurrections, tribal uprisings, pirate disturbances, and natural disasters, this action-packed account of Masakado's insurrection offers a captivating introduction to the samurai, their role in 10th-century society, and the world outside the capital-a must-read for those interested in early Japan, samurai warfare, or the mystique of ancient warriors.
Karl Friday (Athens, GA) is a Professor of History at the University of Georgia. A renowned expert on the samurai and early Japanese history, he has authored four books and appeared on numerous A&E, History, and Discovery Channel programs. He is active on several Web forums.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AndreasJ - LibraryThing
Taira Masakado was tenth century provincial noble, who, while pursuing private feuds with other members of the local warrior aristocracy, ended up in rebellion against the Imperial authorities ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Shrike58 - LibraryThing
Friday uses the career of Taira Masakado to illustrate the contraints and opportunities of a professional fighting man in Classical Japan; and a lively story it is. However, Friday's main point is to ... Read full review