Hatamoto

Hatamoto

Samurai Horse and Foot Guards 1540–1724

Elite 178
  • Author: Stephen Turnbull
  • Illustrator: Richard Hook
  • Short code: ELI 178
  • Publication Date: 10 Mar 2010
  • Number of Pages: 64
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Each great samurai warlord, or daimyo, had a division of troops known as the Hatamoto, 'those who stand under the flag'. The Hatamoto included the personal bodyguards, the senior generals, the standard bearers and colour-guard, the couriers, and the other samurai under the warlord's personal command. Apart from bodyguard and other duties in immediate attendance on the daimyo, both horse and foot guards often played crucial roles in battle. Their intervention could turn defeat into victory, and their collapse meant certain defeat. As favoured warriors under the warlord's eye, members of the bodyguards could hope for promotion, and a few even rose to be daimyo themselves. All the three great leaders of the 16 and 17th centuries - including Oda, Hideyoshi and Tokugawa - had their own elite corps. Such troops were naturally distinguished by dazzling apparel and heraldry, with banners both carried and attached to the back of the armour, all of which will be detailed in an array of colour artwork specially created for this publication.

Biographical Note

Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University, and received a PhD from Leeds University for his work on Japanese religious history. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the Far East and also runs a well-used picture library. His work has been recognised by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award. He currently divides his time between lecturing in Japanese Religion at the University of Leeds and writing.

Contents

Origins of the horse guards - Imperial guards in the Nara period Emergency of the elite cavalry in the Sengoku period (15th century) 16th century: the Hojo and Chosokabe families The organization and role of the warlord's military staff 1560s: Oda Nobunaga's Red Horo and Black Horo guards - battle of Nagashino 1575 1580s: Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Yellow Horo Guard Expansion under the Tokugawa shoguns Foot guards: development in the 16th-17th centuries Major battle participation - Okehazama & Imayama Foot Guards under the Tokugawa

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