158 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps ; 26 cm
Japan's legendary and fierce samurai warriors have an unrelenting hold on the public's imagination. The world's most renowned expert on these fierce fighters provides an exceptional, in-depth look at the samurai's unique combat skills and weaponry. Confront charismatic warlords and lone mercenaries as Dr. Turnbull examines battlefield tactics, personalities and practices, finding fascinating comparisons between the samurai and other medieval fare. Rare historic illustrations and specially commissioned paintings by Richard Hook bring you face to face with some of the planet's most terrifying battle scenes.