Weapons of the Samurai

Release Date 7/27/2021
Retail Price $22.00
Manufacturer Osprey Publishing
Category Books and Novels
UPC 9781472844040
Weight (lb) 0.355

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Featuring specially commissioned artwork, this lively study assesses the array of weapons and equipment employed by the samurai, Japan’s legendary warriors.

This fully illustrated new book describes and analyzes the weapons and equipment traditionally associated with the samurai, Japan’s superlative warriors. It examines the range of weapons used by them at different times and in different situations.

Beginning with the rise of the samurai during the 10th century, this lively study traces the introduction of edged weapons (cutting and piercing) and missile weapons (bows and guns) over the next 500 years. The book shows clearly how they were employed by individual samurai using many previously untranslated primary texts, and explains how their use spread more widely among low-class troops, pirates, and rebels. It also shows how schools of martial arts took over and changed the weapons and their uses during the peaceful Edo Period (1615–1868).

Author: Stephen Turnbull
Illustrators: Johnny Shumate & Alan Gilliland
80 page soft cover