Japanese Warrior Monks AD 949-1603
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Japanese Warrior Monks AD 949-1603 by Stephen Turnbull
Book DescriptionFrom the 10th to the mid-17th century, religious organisations played an important part in the social, political and military life in Japan. Known as sohei ('monk warriors') or yamabushi ('mountain warriors'), the warrior monks were anything but peaceful and meditative, and were a formidable enemy, armed with their distinctive, long-bladed naginata. The fortified cathedrals of the Ikko-ikki rivalled Samurai castles, and withstood long sieges. This title follows the daily life, training, motivation and combat experiences of the warrior monks from their first mention in AD 949 through to their suppression by the Shogunate in the years following the Sengoku-jidai period.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841765730
(248mm x 184mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 20-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Stephen Turnbull
Stephen Turnbull is the world's leading English language authority on medieval Japan and samurai warfare. He has travelled extensively in the Far East, particularly in Japan and Korea and is the author of numerous titles, including Men-at-Arms 86: 'Samurai Armies 1550-1615', and Campaign 69: 'Nagashino 1575'. Wayne Reynolds was born in Leeds, UK, and attended art college in Middlesborough. He has had a life-long passion for illustration, and since 1991 has worked as a professional artist. Wayne has provided illustrations and source material for many gaming companies, creating figures, landscapes and interiors, as well as providing core characterisation. He is perhaps best known for his work on titles such as '2000 AD', 'Slaine', and 'Judge Dredd'. Wayne is also a keen modeller and historical re-enactor.
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