The Samurai

The Samurai

Elite 23
  • Author: Anthony J Bryant
  • Illustrator: Angus McBride
  • Short code: ELI 23
  • Publication Date: 25 May 1989
  • ISBN: 9780850458978
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 64
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About this Product

Perhaps the greatest warriors in history, the Samurai were a product of a social system totally geared to war. The Samurai became expert in fighting both on horseback and on the ground. Their way of life was dictated by the code of Bushido or 'way of the warrior' and clad in their magnificent, multi-coloured armour they were perfectly suited to the violent clan and dynastic warfare that dominated medieval Japan as the most powerful families vied for supremacy. In this title Anthony J Bryant presents a fascinating overview of these truly élite warriors.

Biographical Note

Anthony Bryant is a historian specialising in medieval Japanese history. He graduated from Florida State University in 1983 with a degree in Japanese Area studies. He lived for some time in Tokyo and is a member of the Japan Armour and Weapons Research and Preservation Society. He has published numerous articles on the subject of Japanese arms and is the author of two books on the Samurai, in the Osprey Elite series. Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, and has contributed to more than 70 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.


Introduction Chronology Origins and Rise of the Warrior Class The Genpei War (1180-85) The Kamakura Bakufu and Regency War of the Northern and Southern Courts The Muromachi Period Warfare in Muromachi and Momoyama Japan Sengoku Japan Hashiba Hideyoshi The Return of the Shogun Arms and Armour: Heian and Kamakura Japan Arms and Armour: Muromachi and Momoyama Japan The Plates

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