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COMING SOON!

THE LOST SAMURAI

Japanese Mercenaries in Southeast Asia

1593-1698

This is the greatest untold story of the samurai: how a mixture of Japanese exiles and adventurers fought overseas during the seventeenth century. 

 

Their employers ranged from the Portuguese, on whose behalf they defended Malacca in 1606, to the Dutch, who hired them to capture the Spice Islands.  Other Japanese mercenaries formed the bodyguard of the King of Siam and commanded war elephants; while one very brave contingent defended the King of Cambodia against a Dutch-led raid.  

Read how accounts of Japanese pirates attacking the Philippines provided the earliest descriptions in European language of Japanese arms and armour, and how those same pirates were included in foolhardy Spanish plans to invade China!

AVAILABLE IN 2021

WEAPONS OF THE SAMURAI WARRIOR

I have been commissioned by Osprey to write a new book to complement my existing Katana: The Samurai Sword (Weapon Series 5).  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.

AVAILABLE IN 2021

THE ONIN WAR

The Turning-Point in Samurai History

JUST COMMISSIONED!  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!

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