New: Osprey – Samurai 1550–1600

Samurai 1550–1600

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Author: Anthony J Bryant
Illustrator: Angus McBride
Publication Date: 26 May 1994
Number of Pages: 64

This title details the culture, weapons, armour and training of the elite samurai warrior class in the fascinating Age of Battles period (1550-1600).

This was a period of vital importance not only because of the political effects of the chaos but also due to the changes in warfare that occurred.

In 1542 the Portuguese introduced the matchlock musket into Japanese warfare, and this book traces the effect that this important innovation had on the samurai. Life outside the field of battle is also examined, making this an unmissable book for those interested in this brave warrior caste.

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.

Contents:

  • Sengoku
  • Jidai
  • The Way of the Samurai
  • Training on Campaign
  • Armour
  • Armour Construction
  • Weapons
  • Museums and Collections
  • Glossary
  • Further Reading

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