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Hatamoto Samurai Horse and Foot Guards: 1540-1724 (Elite) [Paperback]

Stephen Turnbull , Richard Hook
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10 Mar 2010 Elite (Book 178)
Each great samurai warlord, or daimyo, had a division of troops known as the Hatamoto, 'those who stand under the flag'. The Hatamoto included the personal bodyguards, the senior generals, the standard bearers and colour-guard, the couriers, and the other samurai under the warlord's personal command. Apart from bodyguard and other duties in immediate attendance on the daimyo, both horse and foot guards often played crucial roles in battle. Their intervention could turn defeat into victory, and their collapse meant certain defeat. As favoured warriors under the warlord's eye, members of the bodyguards could hope for promotion, and a few even rose to be daimyo themselves. All the three great leaders of the 16 and 17th centuries - including Oda, Hideyoshi and Tokugawa - had their own elite corps. Such troops were naturally distinguished by dazzling apparel and heraldry, with banners both carried and attached to the back of the armour, all of which will be detailed in an array of colour artwork specially created for this publication.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (10 Mar 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846034787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846034787
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 18.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As usual for this author and his subject, the book is lavishly illustrated with glorious colour prints and some stunning reconstructions. --Military Illustrated Magazine

As with all Dr Turnbull's books, this is well written and very informative --Miniature Wargames

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4.0 out of 5 stars Hatamoto 8 April 2010
Well Stephen Turnbull has done it again, another fine example of well documented research. This book does not give a superficial view of the life and times of Hatamoto but it provides a deeper understanding of what the roles and responsibilities such a title had. It contains many historical examples of life of those who held the title of Hatamoto; their bravery, stupidity, recklessness etc. In fact the book defines what Hatamoto is and cracks the many myths swimming around the academic ether. Don't let the size of the book sway your opinion. Its packed with information accentuated with graphics and pictures. This is a must buy for martial historians.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to subject 18 July 2010
This Osprey volume is a good introduction to the subject for those of us not able to read Japananese as indeed are all of Stephen Turnbulls books although some are better than others. This work gives us a good understanding of the hatamoto and their changing military status through the Edo period, as with all Ospreys works there are a number of very good illustrations etc but in my humble opinion Stephen Turnbulls works are let down by the artwork of Richard Hook which I feel is rather 'flat', lacking character and realism. But still worth the money if purchased at Amazon prices!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting primer and general overview 24 April 2010
By Scott Mingus - Published on Amazon.com
Hatamoto is typical of Osprey Publishing's Elite series of titles. Lavishly illustrated (as usual) by English artist Richard Hook and written by Dr. Stephen Turnbull, the book gives a very nice overview of the Hatamoto, who were Samurai warriors in the 16th through the 18th centuries. Turnbull has drawn from his tremendous knowledge of Japanese history, culture, and customs to research and write a compelling overview that is certain to add to the casual reader's understanding of this legendary group of warriors. Hook's illustrations are colorful, vivid, and useful for wargamers wishing to recreate the period on the miniature battlefield. This book will be a useful addition to the bookshelves of gamers and modelers, as well as those military buffs looking for something out of the ordinary. Well done in Osprey's usual style!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hatamoto 19 April 2010
By GH - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is, of course, informative, presumably ideal for the audience it is aimed at. It is easy to understand, the illustrations are superb, and it is a pleasure to have this book in one's hands. It is not for the serious student, but I believe many people seek knowledge without scholarly depth; I think this book addresses this middle ground and I congratulate the author and the producers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Explores the hand-picked elite who served under the role of a Japanese feudal lord of the Sengoku period 12 Jun 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Stephen Turnbull's HATAMOTO: SAMURAI HORSE AND FOOT GUARDS, 1540-1724 receives Richard Hook's fine color illustrations throughout as it explores the hand-picked elite who served under the role of a Japanese feudal lord of the Sengoku period. This analysis is key for not just military and ancient history libraries, but for any Japanese history and culture collection, offering surveys of the hatamoto and their military might.
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