Ninja AD 1460–1650

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Aug 20, 2012 - History - 64 pages
The Ninja were the secret agents and assassins of feudal Japan and they remain a subject of enduring fascination. They first emerged during the power struggles of 9th and 10th century Japan, in response to the increasing demand for spies, informants and even assassins, and they were used until the mid-1600s when they disappeared on account of a campaign to destroy them. This title provides an accurate and detailed account of the reality of the Ninja, detailing their daily life, training, hiring, combat use and secret operations; also covered are the Ninja's use and knowledge of poisons, medicines and charms.
 

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THE ELUSIVE NINJA
Ninja in the age of war The ninja of Iga and Koga Serving the shogun
Ninja recruitment Ninja selection Ninja training Belief and belonging
Men in black The ninja costume Ninja disguises Standard ninja equipment
The ninja homelands Daily life in the ninja village The ninja house
Who killed Kenshin? An assassination attempt
COLOUR PLATE COMMENTARY
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Stephen Turnbull is the world's leading English language authority on medieval Japan and the samurai. He has travelled extensively in the Far East, particularly in Japan and Korea. For Osprey, he has authored many titles including Men-at-Arms 86: 'Samurai Armies 1550-1615', Campaign 69: 'Nagashino 1575', Warrior 29: 'Ashigaru 1467-1649', and New Vanguard 44: 'Siege Weapons of the Far East (2) AD 960-1644'.

Wayne Reynolds was born in Leeds, UK, and attended art college in Middlesborough. He has had a life-long passion for illustration, and since 1991 has worked as a professional artist. Wayne has provided illustrations and source material for many gaming companies, creating figures, landscapes and interiors, as well as providing core characterisation. He is perhaps best known though for his work on titles such as '2000AD', 'Slaine', and 'Judge Dredd'. Wayne is also a keen modeller and historical re-enactor.

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