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Samurai mercenaries, the battle of Tanaka, Samurai vs Ashigaru, and a fun ninja training manual!




Strange samurai weapons, the Onin War and

Mongols in Europe



All my books that are currently available with easy ordering.



My consultancy service for film, publishing and television, and a picture library 



A NEW section of little gems from the world of the samurai, and elsewhere.




Welcome to my newly redesigned website for Spring 2021, and a particularly warm welcome to anyone curious about samurai who has arrived here after watching the Netflix Series Age of Samurai, for which I did a voiceover. (No, I didn't write the script...)

My book on samurai mercenaries has been published and I have just finished revising the Osprey Essential History War in Japan 1467-1615, but so much new material has become available since 2003 it will be practically a new book AND it will have all new pictures.


My current working project is a new Osprey Combat: Mongol Warrior vs European Knight, Eastern Europe 1237-42.  The three engagements covered are Legnica (Liegnitz), Muhi (Sajo River) and the siege of Esztergom.  I am also translating new material on the Hōjō family of samurai for a future book.


I also provide an advisory and consultancy service about Japan including a picture library holding 35,000 items. 

My first degree was at Cambridge and have two MAs (in Theology and Military History) from Leeds University.  In 1996 I received a PhD from Leeds for my thesis on Japan’s Kakure Kirishitan.  In its published form the work won the Japan Festival Literary Award in 1998.

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