Samurai Heraldry by Stephen TurnbullSamurai Heraldry by Stephen Turnbull

Samurai Heraldry

byStephen TurnbullIllustratorAngus Mcbride

Paperback | March 25, 2002

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The dazzling spectacle presented by the armies of medieval Japan owed much to the highly developed family and personal heraldry of samurai society. From simple personal banners, this evolved over centuries of warfare into a complex system of flags worn or carried into battle, together with the striking 'great standards' of leading warlords. While not regulated in the Western sense, Japanese heraldry developed as a series of widely followed practices, while remaining flexible enough to embrace constant innovation. Scores of examples, in monochrome and full colour, illustrate this fascinating explanation of the subject by a respected expert on all aspects of samurai culture.
Stephen Turnbull is a leading English language authority on medieval Japan and the samurai. He has travelled extensively in the Far East, particularly in Japan and Korea, and is the author of a number of major books on the subject. He has contributed several titles to the Osprey Military list since his original Men-at-Arms 86, Samurai ...
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Title:Samurai HeraldryFormat:PaperbackPublished:March 25, 2002Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1841763047

ISBN - 13:9781841763040

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Table of Contents

Appearance of mon as early as Nara period · 12th C Taira & Minamoto wars, hata-jirushi · 13th/14th Cs: the Mongol invasions period, 15th/16th Cs: heraldry carried on shields, nobori banners, sashimono flags attached to armour, maku screens · Army organisation produces system of coloured unit flags/symbols · Buddhist & Christian symbolism · Uma-jirushi commanders' flags · Tsukai-ban messenger corps: the horo displayed cloak · 17th C: the fully developed system of the early Edo period.