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.
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Customer Rating: Summary: Introduction to Samurai culture and armor Comment: The first chunk of this book describes the culture and daily life of the Bushi warrior class of the Sengoku Jidai period (roughly the dates in the title). This is full of interesting information about Samurai customs and personal possessions, like their Western-style pipes. The rest of the book examines weaponry, but especially armor. It lays a good foundation for the crazily small armor details good books on Samurai can be identified for. The plates are wonderful, as they are by Angus McBride. Among other things, they depict the crucial Battle of Nagashino and the Siege of Nagashino Castle, as well as sword and armor-making, Samurai training, and post-battle medical techniques. Customer Rating: Summary: Excellent small reference book with great drawings! Comment: This book won't replace a 600 pages reference book, but is a great little book which actually packs quite a bit of information. The drawings are beautifula and very detailed, which contributes to making this book attractive to seriously interested people as well as children.