Japanese Fortified Temples and Monasteries AD 710–1602 (Fortress) (Paperback)

Japanese Fortified Temples and Monasteries AD 710–1602 (Fortress) By Stephen Turnbull, Peter Dennis (Illustrator) Cover Image

Japanese Fortified Temples and Monasteries AD 710–1602 (Fortress) (Paperback)

By Stephen Turnbull, Peter Dennis (Illustrator)
From the 10th century onwards the great Japanese monastic foundations of Nara and Mount Hiei maintained large armies of warlike monks. The tempestuous political rivalries that developed between the different orders of monks and religiously inspired laymen ensured that their temples and monasteries had to be securely sited and robustly defended. This books recreates these enormous fortified monasteries and temples, tracing their development from the 10th century through to the Sengoku Jidai period and the rise of the power of the shogunate under Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Stephen Turnbull is widely recognised as the world's leading English language authority on the samurai of Japan. He took his first degree at Cambridge and has two MAs (in Theology and Military History) and a PhD from Leeds University. He is now retired and pursues an active literary career, having now published 85 books. His expertise has helped with numerous projects including films, television and the award-winning strategy game Shogun Total War.

Peter Dennis was inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn, leading him to study Illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.
Product Details ISBN: 9781841768267
ISBN-10: 184176826X
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: August 10th, 2005
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: Fortress