These are difficult to get hold of, but just email me for a free copy!


‘Wars and Rumours of Wars: Japanese Plans to invade the Philippines, 1593-1637’Naval War College Review Autumn 2016, Vol. 69, no, 4, pp. 107-120.


‘The Ninja: An Invented Tradition?’ Journal of Global Initiatives: Policy, Pedagogy, Perspective: Interdisciplinary Reflections on Japan Vol. 9 No. 1, Article 3. (2014) pp. 9-26.


‘The ghosts of Amakusa: localised opposition to centralised control in Higo Province, 1589-90.’ Japan Forum 25 (2) 2013, pp. 191-211.


‘Onward, Christian Samurai! The Japanese Expeditions to Taiwan in 1609 and 1616’ Japanese Studies Vol. 30 No. 1 (2010) pp. 3-21.



Current best sellers: all categories

Ninja the (Unofficial) Secret Manual (Thames and Hudson, 2019)

Ninja: Unmasking the Myth (Frontline Books 2017)

Samurai; The Japanese Warrior’s (Unofficial) Manual (Thames and Hudson, 2012)

Pirate; The Buccaneers’ (Unofficial) Manual (Thames and Hudson, 2018)

Samurai in 100 Objects (Frontline Books 2017)

The Samurai: A Military History (Revised) (Japan Library 1996)

The Samurai Swordsman (Tuttle 2008)

Japan - Samurai


The Samurai: A Military History (Osprey 1977)

Samurai Armies 1550-1615 (Osprey Men at Arms 1979)

Warlords of Japan (Samson Low 1979)

The Book of the Samurai (Arms and Armour Press 1982)

Samurai Warriors (Blandford 1987)

Samurai Warlords: The Book of the Daimyo (Blandford 1989)

Samurai: The Warrior Tradition COMPILATION OF THE ABOVE TWO (Arms and Armour Press 1996)


The Lone Samurai and the Martial Arts (Arms and Armour Press 1990)

Samurai Warfare (Arms and Armour Press 1996)

The Samurai Sourcebook (Cassell 1998)

The Samurai Tradition (Key Papers) (Japan Library 2001)

Ashigaru 1467-1649 (Osprey Warriors 2001)

Samurai Heraldry (Osprey Elite 2002)

War in Japan 1467-1615 (Osprey Essential Histories 2002) 

Japanese Warrior Monks AD 949-1603 (Osprey Warriors 2003)

Samurai: World of the Warrior (Osprey General 2003)

Samurai: The Story of Japan’s Noble Warriors (Collins and Brown 2004)

Samurai Commanders (1) 940-1576 (Osprey Elite 2005)

Samurai Commanders (2) 1577-1638 (Osprey Elite 2005)

Warriors of Medieval Japan (Osprey 2005)

Hatamoto (Osprey Elite 2010)

Samurai Women (Osprey Elite 2010)

Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Osprey Command 2010)

Tokugawa Ieyasu (Osprey Command 2012)

Katana: Sword of the Samurai (Osprey Weapons of War 2010)

Samurai Armies 1467-1649 (Osprey Battle Orders 2008)



Japan - Ninja

Ninja 1460-1640 (Osprey Warriors 2003)

Ninja: the true story of Japan's secret warrior cult (Firebird 1991)

Japan - For Children

Real Samurai (Enchanted Lion 2007)

Real Ninja (Enchanted Lion 2008) 

Japan - Battles, Sieges and Raids


Battles of the Samurai (Arms and Armour Press 1987)

Nagashino 1575 (Osprey Campaigns 2001) 

Kawanakajima 1553-1564 (Osprey Campaigns 2003)

Osaka 1615 (Osprey Campaigns 2006)

The Mongol Invasions of Japan (Osprey Campaigns 2009)

The Gempei War (Osprey Campaigns 2016)

The Samurai Capture a King, Okinawa 1609 (Osprey Raids 2009)

The Revenge of the 47 Ronin, Edo 1703 (Osprey Raids 2011)

Japan - Castles and Fortifications


Japanese Castles 1540-1640 (Osprey Fortress 2002)

Japanese Fortified Temples and Monasteries AD710-1602 (Osprey Fortress 2005)

Japanese Castles in Korea 1592-1598 (Osprey Fortress 2007)

Japanese Castles AD 250-1540 (Osprey Fortress 2008)

Strongholds of the Samurai (COMPILATION OF ABOVE FOUR) (Osprey 2009)

Other Areas - Castles and Fortifications

Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights 1: Prussia (Osprey Fortress 2003)

Crusader Castles of the Teutonic Knights 2: Latvia & Estonia (Osprey Fortress 2004)

The Great Wall of China 221BC-AD 1644 (Osprey Fortress 2007)

Chinese Walled Cities 221BC-AD 1644 (Osprey Fortress 2009) 

The Walls of Constantinople AD 324 –1453 (Osprey Fortress 2004)


European Military History


The Book of the Medieval Knight (Arms and Armour Press 1985)

The Knight Triumphant: The High Middle Ages 1314-1485 (Cassell 2001)

Tannenberg 1410 (Osprey Campaigns 2003)

The Ottoman Empire 1326-1699 (Osprey Essential Histories 2003)

The Hussite Wars 1419-36 (Osprey Men at Arms 2004)

The Art of Renaissance Warfare (Greenhill Books 2006 and 2018)


East Asia


The Mongols (Osprey Men at Arms 1980)

Genghis Khan and the Mongol Conquests 1190-1400 (Osprey Essential Hist. 2003) 

Mongol Warrior 1200-1350 (Osprey Warriors 2003)

Samurai Invasion: Japan's Korean War 1592-98 (Cassell 2002)

The Samurai Invasion of Korea (Osprey 2008)

Siege Weapons of the Far East 1 AD 612-1300 (Osprey New Vanguard 2001)

Siege Weapons of the Far East 2 AD 960-1644 (Osprey New Vanguard 2001)

Fighting Ships of the Far East 1: China and Southeast Asia (Osprey 2002)

Fighting Ships of the Far East 2: Japan and Korea AD 612-1639 (Osprey 2002)

Pirate of the Far East 633-1639 (Osprey Warriors 2007)


Japanese Religious Studies


Japan’s Sexual Gods: (Japanese Studies Library Volume 49) (Brill, Leiden 2015).

The Samurai and the Sacred (Osprey 2006) 

The Hidden Christians (Key Papers) (Japan Library 2000) 

The Kakure Kirishitan of Japan (Japan Library 1998) 

Devotion to Mary among the Hidden Christians of Japan (Ecumenical Soc. of the BVM 1993)


Contributions to Other Works


‘Crossbows or Catapults? The Identification of Siege Weaponry and Techniques in the Chronicle of Henry of Livonia’ in Alan V. Murray (ed.) The Clash of Cultures on the Medieval Baltic Frontier (Ashgate Press, Farnham 2009) pp. 307-319.

‘Oda Nobunaga’ in Andrew Roberts (ed.) The Art of War: Great Commanders of the Ancient and Medieval World (Quercus, London 2008), p. 404-411.

‘Castles of East Asia’ in Charles Stephenson (ed.) Castles: A history of fortified structures, ancient, medieval and modern (Ivy Press, 2011) pp. 199-221.

‘Armor of Wood and Stone’ in Anderson John Samurai Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection (Yale University Press, 2012), pp. 59-69.

‘Chinese influence on Japanese siege warfare’ Royal Armouries Yearbook 3 (1998) pp. 145-158.

‘War, trade and piracy: military and diplomatic relations between China, Korea and Japan and their influence on Japanese military technology’ Royal Armouries Yearbook 2 (1997) pp. 149-155.

‘Christian Daimyo’ in Shaw, J. M. and Demy, Timothy War and Religion: An Encyclopaedia of Faith and Conflict Volume 1 (ABC-Clio, 2017).

Contribution to Michael Leventhal (ed.) The Hand of History (Parkinson’s Disease Society 2011).

Foreword to new edition of Richard Allyn The Forty-Seven Ronin Story (Tuttle Reprint 2012).

All the entries on East Asia in Lawrence Rees (ed.) 1001 Battles that Changed the Course of History (Cassell, 2011).

Foreword to Shogun (Reprint of A.L.Sadler The Maker of Modern Japan) (Tuttle, 2009).

Section on Japanese warriors in Catherine Brereton (ed.) Warriors (Kingfisher, 2009).

‘Kato Kiyomasa, One of the Seven Spears of Shizugatake’ in Robert O’Neill (ed.) I Am Soldier: War Stories from the Ancient World to the 20th Century (Osprey, 2009), pp. 42-46.

All the entries on East Asia in Tony Jacques (ed.) Dictionary of Battles and Sieges (Greenwood Press, 2007).

All the entries on the Far East in Richard Holmes (ed.) The Oxford Companion to Military History (Oxford University Press, 2001)





2010-13 Universal Pictures 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves (Historical Adviser).

1994 Seventh Art Productions Ancient Warriors: The Samurai (Adviser).

1995 Seventh Arts Productions Ancient Warriors: The Ninja (Adviser).

1997 BBC Television Decisive Weapons Series II: Soul of the Samurai: The Japanese Samurai Sword   (Adviser and Appearance).

1998 Pacific Street Films The Warrior Tradition: The Samurai for the History Channel (Adviser and Appearance).

1998 Pacific Street Films The Warrior Tradition: Shogun for the History Channel (Adviser and Appearance).

2000 Live Art International (Singapore) Soul of the Samurai for the Discovery Channel (Adviser).

2003 Greystone Television/History Channel The Samurai (Adviser).

2004 Yorkshire Television  Five Minutes: Japan’s Hidden Christians (Adviser and Presenter).

2004 Hannover House Samurai: The Last Warrior (Adviser and Appearance).

2005 Termite Art Productions Unsolved History: Ninjas for the Discovery Channel (Adviser and Appearance).

2006 Parthenon Entertainment Samurai Sword: The Making of a Legend for the National Geographic Channel (Adviser and Appearance).

2008 BBC Television Heroes and Villains: Shogun (Adviser).

2011 Korean Broadcasting System –UK Yi Sun-Shin (Adviser and Appearance).

2011 Urban Canyons/Smithsonian Institute Ninja (Adviser and Appearance).

2011 October Films/Channel Four Samurai Back from the Dead (Adviser and Appearance).

2013 Urban Canyons/Smithsonian Institute Samurai Headhunters (Adviser and Appearance).

2015 Urban Canyons/Smithsonian Institute Samurai Warrior Queens (Adviser).





2000 SEGA – Shogun: Total War Adviser

2010 SEGA – Shogun II – Total War Adviser

© 2018 Dr Stephen Turnbull