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The Samurai Swords, Shoguns and Seppuku

by Ben Hubbard

The Samurai Swords, Shoguns and Seppuku Synopsis

The true nature of the Japanese samurai warrior is an elusive and endlessly fascinating enigma for those in the West. From their inauspicious beginnings as barbarian-subduing soldiers, the samurai lived according to a code known as bushido - or `way of the warrior'. Bushido- advocated loyalty, honour, pride and fearlessness in combat. Those who broke the code were expected to perform seppuku, or suicide through stomach-cutting. By its very design, seppuku aimed to restore honour to disgraced warriors by ensuring the most painful of deaths. However, the bushido- virtues of loyalty and honour fell into question as the samurai grew powerful enough to wrest control from the emperor himself. Accompanied by vivid colour illustrations, The Samurai offers a complete, concise account of samurai history and culture. It tells the story of the rise of the samurai as a martial elite, the warriors' centuries long struggle for power and their long slide into obsolescence.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780750955898
Publication date: 29th May 2014
Author: Ben Hubbard
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 160 pages
Categories: Asian history, Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500,

About Ben Hubbard

Ben Hubbard is the author of Medieval Castle.

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