Pirate of the Far East

Pirate of the Far East

811-1639

Warrior 125
  • Author: Stephen Turnbull
  • Illustrator: Richard Hook
  • Short code: WAR 125
  • Publication Date: 10 Nov 2007
  • Number of Pages: 64
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Feared throughout the Far East, Japanese pirates were likened to 'black demons' and 'flood dragons'. For centuries relations between Japan, Korea and China were carried out through a bizarre trinity of war, trade and piracy. The piracy, which combined the other elements in a violent blend of free enterprise, is the subject of this original and exciting book. Stephen Turnbull vividly recreates the pirates' daily lives, from legitimate whaling and fishing trips to violent raids. He explores the bases and castles used by the pirates and uses eyewitness accounts and original artwork to give stunning descriptions of a vicious and brutal life.

Biographical Note

Stephen Turnbull is recognised 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.Richard Hook was born in 1938 and trained at Reigate College of Art. After national service with 1st Bn, Queen's Royal Regiment, he became art editor of the much-praised magazine Finding Out during the 1960s. He has worked as a freelance illustrator ever since, earning an international reputation particularly for his deep knowledge of Native American material culture; and has illustrated more than 50 Osprey titles.

Contents

Introduction: the World of the Pirate Chronology Portrait of a Pirate The Daily Life of the Pirates Campaign Life (1): the Mechanics of a Pirate Raid Campaign Life (2): Defensive Measures Against Pirate Raids The Wako's Experience of Battle Museums and Collections Further Reading Index

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