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WEAPONS OF THE SAMURAI

The sword was never the samurai’s weapon of first choice in the grim reality of the Japanese battlefield, so this book will set the record straight and complement my earlier work by describing spears, bows, naginata, arquebuses and a handful of others that were used from time to time.

Did you know that samurai used battle axes?

AVAILABLE 24 JUNE

THE ONIN WAR

A Turning-Point in Samurai History

Following the success of Tanaka 1587, I have been asked to write about the Onin War, the conflict that devastated Kyoto and launched the Sengoku Period.

The story begins with the end of the Nambokucho War and the building of the Golden Pavilion; it looks like a golden age of peace has just begun...

AVAILABLE LATE 2021

ESSENTIAL HISTORIES:

WAR IN JAPAN, 1467-1615

So much new research has come to light since I wrote the original in 2001 that I have been forced to produce almost a new book.  The present version is one in which a richer picture is presented of an age when conflicts were spread far more widely that was hitherto realised, in some cases taking in neighbouring countries.  The protagonists are also revealed to have been of a much more heterogeneous nature than the conventional labelling of them as either ‘samurai’ or ‘ashigaru’.

The abundance of new material has given me the opportunity to shorten the narratives of well-known battles such as Shizugatake and Mikata ga Hara to leave space for lesser-known but equally significant conflicts and developments. I have deliberately retained the comparatively brief accounts of battles covered in my previous Osprey books such as Nagashino, Kawanakajima and Osaka to make way for stories of samurai acting as mercenaries, the expeditions to Korea, Taiwan and Okinawa and the little-known campaigns against the Ainu of Hokkaidō.

AVAILABLE LATE 2021

MONGOL WARRIOR vs EUROPEAN KNIGHT:

EASTERN EUROPE 1237-42

Within a space of thirty years during the middle of the thirteenth century the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John and the samurai of Japan, both of whom were ignorant of the other’s very existence, fought a common enemy.  Their foes were the Mongols, whose empire at its height stretched from Russia to Jerusalem and from Iran to Korea.  In 1241 separate Mongol armies fought important battles in Poland and Hungary, the latter encounter being the only battle in the whole of medieval European history to have been described in a contemporary Chinese source.

AVAILABLE LATE 2022

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