Author(s): Karl F. Friday
This book presents 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. It is 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.
Karl Friday is a professor of history at the University of Georgia. A renowned expert on the samurai and early Japanese history, he is the author of four books and has appeared on numerous A&E, History, and Discovery Channel programs.
List of Figures.Acknowledgements.1. Masakado and His Legacy.Masakado's Legacy.The First Samurai.2. Masakado's World.The Court and the Countryside.Premise, Reality and Adjustment.Tax Farmers, Princes and Bandits.Alliances and Immigrants.The Taira in the East.3. Masakado and His Uncles.The Alliance.The Battle at Shimozuke Capital.Yoshikane's Revenge.4. New Enemies and New Friends.The Feud with Sadamori.The Quarrel in Musashi.Ambushes and Raids.Rainbows, Earthquake