Samurai: The story of Japan's noble warriors

Author(s): Stephen Turnbull

Coffee Table Books

Samurai tells the fascinating story of the courageous fighting men of early Japan, showing how they developed from the primitive fighters of the seventh century into an invincible military caste with a fearsome reputation. It describes their place in history as they became a noble army frequently used in power struggles between the Emperors and military leaders (shoguns). There are detailed sections on their weapons and armour, including samurai swords. The book takes you to the heart of the battle, with descriptions of tactics that convey the sights and sounds of combat. It contains four see-through 'vellum' sections that build up to show the layers that constituted the samurai's impressive armour. Samurai gives a real insight into Japanese history and is a complete guide to these historic warriors. First published 2004.


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  • : 9781843402077
  • : colbro
  • : colbro
  • : books

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  • : Stephen Turnbull
  • : Hardback