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Stephen Turnbull

Stephen Turnbull is recognized as one of the world's foremost military historians of the medieval and early modern periods. He first rose to prominence as a result of his 1977 book, The Samurai: A Military History. Since then he has achieved an equal fame in writing about European military subjects and has had 30 books published. He has always tried to concentrate on the less familiar areas of military history, in particular such topics as Korea, Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, and the Teutonic Knights. Stephen was Historical Advisor for the 2012 Universal Pictures movie The Forty-Seven Ronin starring Keanu Reeves. (LONGER VERSION if rquired?) Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University, and has two MAs (in Theology and Military History) from Leeds University. In 1996 he received a PhD from Leeds for his work on Japanese religious history. He travels extensively in Europe and the Far East and also runs a well-used picture library. His work has been recognized by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award. In 2008 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University in Japan. Stephen Turnbull currently divides his time between lecturing in Japanese Religion and History at Leeds University and freelance writing. Stephen is currently acting as Historical Advisor for the 2012 Universal Pictures movie The Forty-Seven Ronin starring Keanu Reeves.

Stephen Turnbull's Books
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Ashigaru 1467–1649 Chinese Walled Cities 221 BC– AD 1644 Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights (1) Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights (2) Fighting Ships of the Far East (1) Fighting Ships of the Far East (2) Genghis Khan & the Mongol Conquests 1190–1400 Genghis Khan & the Mongol Conquests 1190–1400 Genghis Khan & the Mongol Conquests 1190–1400 Hatamoto Japanese Castles 1540–1640 Japanese Castles AD 250–1540 Japanese Castles in Korea 1592–98 Japanese Fortified Temples and Monasteries AD 710–1062 Japanese Warrior Monks AD 949–1603 Katana: The Samurai Sword Kawanakajima 1553–64 Mongol Warrior 1200–1350 Nagashino 1575 Ninja AD 1460–1650 Osaka 1615 Pirate of the Far East Samurai – The World of the Warrior Samurai – The World of the Warrior Samurai Armies 1467–1649 Samurai Armies 1550–1615 Samurai Commanders (1) Samurai Commanders (2) Samurai Heraldry Samurai Women 1184–1877 Siege Weapons of the Far East (1) Siege Weapons of the Far East (2) Strongholds of the Samurai Tannenberg 1410 The Fall of Constantinople The Great Wall of China 221 BC–AD 1644 The Hussite Wars 1419–36 The Mongol Invasions of Japan 1274 and 1281 The Mongols The Ottoman Empire 1326–1699 The Ottoman Empire 1326–1699 The Ottoman Empire 1326–1699 The Revenge of the 47 Ronin – Edo 1703 The Samurai and the Sacred The Samurai and the Sacred The Samurai Capture a King – Okinawa 1609 The Samurai Invasion of Korea 1592–98 The Walls of Constantinople AD 324–1453 Tokugawa Ieyasu Toyotomi Hideyoshi War in Japan 1467–1615 War in Japan 1467–1615 War in Japan 1467–1615 Warriors of Medieval Japan Warriors of Medieval Japan
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SITE ARTICLES

Samurai heraldry

Through the art and science of heraldry, the armies of different ages and different regions around the world have been able to distinguish friend from foe in the confusion of battle. The practices employed have ranged from ...

March 18, 2008 12:00 AM

The forgotten samurai

To the popular mind the notion of 'the samurai' never seems to change throughout Japanese history. My book Warrior 29: Ashigaru 1467–1649 (Osprey, 2001) shows how wrong this idea is...

March 1, 2001 12:00 AM

Knights and Samurai - Brothers in Arms? Part 2

Greater differences between knights and samurai arise when we turn from the technology of the military revolution to its more personal expression...

January 1, 2001 12:00 AM

Knights and Samurai - Brothers in Arms?

In my book Men-at-Arms 105, The Mongols I made the comment that, because of the vast extent of the Mongol conquests, the Teutonic Knights of Germany and the samurai of Japan had in fact fought a common enemy, even though it was to be three more centuries before the two martial societies became aware of each other's existence...

November 1, 2000 12:00 AM

Japanese Castles and the lessons of Nagashino

The siege and battle of Nagashino in 1575 together make up one of the pivotal events in samurai history. The army of the Takeda clan, who had been besieging the tiny but stubbornly defended fortress for nearly ten days, abandoned their siege lines to assault the army sent by Oda Nobunaga to relieve Nagashino...

May 1, 2000 12:00 AM