The Samurai Capture A King: Okinawa 1609 by Stephen TurnbullThe Samurai Capture A King: Okinawa 1609 by Stephen Turnbull

The Samurai Capture A King: Okinawa 1609

byStephen TurnbullIllustratorRichard Hook, Donato Spedaliere

Paperback | November 17, 2009

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A brilliant but little-known operation, the Shimazu clan raid on the independent kingdom of Rykkyu (modern Okinawa) in 1609 is one of the most extraordinary episodes in samurai history and the culmination of centuries of rivalry between the two powers. The defeat of the Shimazu at Sekigahara in 1600, and their need to win favor with the new ShMgun, led them to hatch an audacious plot to attack the islands on the ShMgun's behalf and bring back the king of Rykkyu as a hostage. Stephen Turnbull gives a blow-by-blow account of the operation, from the daring Shimazu amphibious landing, to their rapid advance overland, and the tactical feigned retreat that saw the Shimazu defeat the Okinawan army and kidnap their king in spectacular fashion. With a detailed background and specially commissioned artwork, the scene is set for a dramatic retelling of this fascinating raid.
Stephen Turnbull took his first degree at Cambridge University, and received a PhD from Leeds University for his work on Japanese religious history. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the Far East and also runs a well-used picture library. His work has been recognised by the awarding of the Canon Prize of the British Associatio...
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Title:The Samurai Capture A King: Okinawa 1609Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.86 × 7.26 × 0.18 inPublished:November 17, 2009Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1846034426

ISBN - 13:9781846034428

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