Samurai Women 1184-1877

Samurai Women 1184-1877


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Ever since the Empress Jingo-kogo led an invasion of Korea while pregnant with the future Emperor Ojin, tales of female Japanese warriors have emerged from Japan's rich history. Using material that has never been translated into English before, this book presents the story of Japan's female warriors for the first time, revealing the role of the women of the samurai class in all their many manifestations, investigating their weapons, equipment, roles, training and belief systems. Crucially, as well as describing the women who were warriors in their own right, like Hauri Tsuruhime and the women of Aizu, this book also looks at occasions when women became the power behind the throne, ruling and warring through the men around them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846039515
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 10/19/2010
Series: Warrior , #151
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 301,353
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Stephen Turnbull is recognized as one of the world's foremost military historians of the medieval and early modern periods. He first rose to prominence as a result of his 1977 book, The Samurai: A Military History. Since then he has achieved an equal fame in writing about European military subjects and has had 30 books published. He has always tried to concentrate on the less familiar areas of military history, in particular such topics as Korea, Eastern Europe, the Baltic states and the Teutonic Knights. Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University, and has two MAs (in Theology and Military History) from Leeds University. In 1996 he received a PhD from Leeds for his work on Japanese religious history. He travels extensively and also runs a well-used picture library. He currently divides his time between lecturing in Japanese Religion and History at Leeds University and freelance writing.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Elusive Samurai Woman 4

Chronology 6

Women In Samurai History 7

The female rulers of ancient Japan

Women and the rise of the samurai Women in the Age of Warring States

The women of the ikki

Appearance, Equipment and Dress 19

The armed woman

The naginata

The dagger

The Samurai Woman in Peace and War 23

Wives, daughters and marriage

The vengeful woman

Samurai women and the defended castle

The Samurai Woman on the Battlefield 36

Tomoe Gozen: the beautiful samurai, 1184

Tsuruhime of Omishima, the sea princess, 1541 Ueno Tsuruhime at Tsuneyama, 1577

Keigin-ni at Imayama, 1570 Myorin-ni, the warrior widow of Tsurusaki Castle, 1586

The women of Hondo, 1589-90 The female defenders of Omori Castle, 1599

Women in the Sekigahara Campaign, 1600 The women warriors of Aizu, 1868

Museums and Memorials 61

Bibliography and Further Reading 63

Index 64

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