This book is written by one of the world's leading experts on the samurai and their culture. Using information gleaned from decades of research, photographs and illustrations from his own photo library, Stephen Turnbull has created yet another absorbing and spectacularly illustrated book for Osprey. As this raid took place during a period of relative peace in Japan, it also allows the opportunity to investigate the equipment, weapons, and tactics of the samurai during a different period of history.
Stephen 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 in Europe and the Far East and also runs a well-used picture library. His work has been recognized by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Association for Japanese Studies and a Japan Festival Literary Award. In 2008 he was appointed Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Akita International University in Japan. Stephen Turnbull currently divides his time between lecturing in Japanese Religion and History at Leeds University and freelance writing.