Author: Stephen Turnbull
Illustrator: Wayne Reynolds
From the 10th to the mid-17th century, religious organisations played an important part in the social, political and
military life in Japan. Known as sohei ('monk warriors') or yamabushi ('mountain warriors'), the warrior monks were
anything but peaceful and meditative, and were a formidable enemy, armed with their distinctive, long-bladed naginata.
The fortified cathedrals of the Ikko-ikki rivalled Samurai castles, and withstood long sieges. This title follows the
daily life, training, motivation and combat experiences of the warrior monks from their first mention in AD 949 through
to their suppression by the Shogunate in the years following the Sengoku-jidai period.
- Religious recruitment
- Monk training
- Appearance and equipment
- Everyday life in the monastery
- The warrior monk in battle
- Colour plate commentary
Japanese Warrior Monks AD 949-1603