Warriors of Medieval Japan

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Warriors of Medieval Japan


Driven by strict codes of honour and bound by deep allegiances of rank, family or religion, the elite warriors of medieval Japan were bold fighters, loyal comrades and deadly enemies.

With rare material from Japanese sources and lavish artwork and photography, this book examines the military lives, beliefs and battle experience of four formidable warrior types – samurai, ninja, warrior monk and ashigaru foot soldier – resulting in a highly authoritative account of Japan's warrior elite.

Warriors of Medieval Japan combines material previously published as Warrior 29: Ashigaru 1467-1649, Warrior 64: Ninja AD 1460-1650, and Warrior 70: Japanese Warrior Monks AD 949-1603, with an added section on Samurai, additional images, and an updated introduction and conclusion.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Samurai
Recruitment, organization and command of samurai
Appearance and equipment of the samurai
Daily life and training of samurai
Belief and belonging
The samurai on campaign
The samurai's experience of battle

Part 2: Ashigaru
Ashigaru recruitment
Organization and command of ashigaru
Campaign life of the ashigaru
The ashigaru's experience of battle

Part 3: Ninja
Japan's secret warriors
Recruitment and training
Ninja appearance and equipment
The daily life of a ninja
The ninja on campaign
The ninja's experience of battle
Aftermath – the ninja myth

Part 4: Warrior Monks
Warrior monk recruitment and service
Appearance and equipment of the warrior monk
Belief and belonging
Daily life and training of warrior monks
The warrior monk on campaign
The warrior monks in battle

Museum collections and places to visit
Bibliography and further reading

Product details

Published 20 Sep 2011
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 288
ISBN 9781849089982
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 66 b/w; 111 col
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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