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Samurai Women 1184–1877

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Author: Stephen Turnbull
Illustrator: Giuseppe Rava
Publication Date: 10 Oct 2010
Number of Pages: 64

From when the Empress Jingo-kogo led an invasion of Korea while pregnant with the future Emperor Ojin, tales of female Japanese warriors have emerged from Japan’s rich history.

Using material that has never been translated into English before, this book presents the story of Japan’s female warriors for the first time, revealing the role of the women of the samurai class in all their many manifestations, investigating their weapons, equipment, roles, training and belief systems.

Crucially, as well as describing the women who were warriors in their own right, like Hauri Tsuruhime and the women of Aizu, this book also looks at occasions when women became the power behind the throne, ruling and warring through the men around them.

Biographical Note

Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University and has two MAs (in Theology and Military History) from Leeds University.

In 1996 he received a PhD from Leeds for his work on Japanese religious history. He travels extensively in Europe and the Far East and also runs a well-used picture library. His work has been recognized by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award.

In 2008 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University in Japan. Stephen Turnbull currently divides his time between lecturing in Japanese Religion and History at Leeds University and freelance writing.Giuseppe Rava was born in Faenza in 1963, and took an interest in all things military from an early age.

Entirely self-taught, Giuseppe has established himself as a leading military history artist and is inspired by the works of the great military artists, such as Detaille, Meissonier, Rochling, Lady Butler, Ottenfeld and Angus McBride. He lives and works in Italy.

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Chronology Appearance and dress
  • The roles of the samurai woman in peacetime
  • The samurai woman in times of war
  • The samurai woman on the battlefield
  • Collecting
  • Museums
  • Re-enactment
  • Bibliography
  • Glossary
  • Index

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