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The Revenge of the 47 Ronin

Edo 1703 · Raid

by Stephen Turnbull Author · Johnny Shumate Illustrator


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When Lord Kira brought about the death of Lord Asano, he made Asano's loyal samurai into ronin – masterless warriors. These men secretly plotted their revenge and one snowy winter's night, launched an ambitious raid against their enemy's mansion in Edo. What ensued was the fiercest sword battle to have been seen in Japan for over a century. The gates were stormed, Lord Kira was captured and executed, and his washed head placed on Lord Asano's tomb. This title details the background, planning, and execution of this incredible raid, looking at the equipment used by the ronin, the tactics they employed in storming the building, and the dramatic events that followed, as the surviving ronin committed mass suicide – a final act of loyalty and defiance that sealed their legend.

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Bloomsbury Publishing
Osprey Publishing
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Stephen Turnbull (Author)

Stephen Turnbull is the world's leading authority on samurai culture. He took his first degree at Cambridge and has two MAs (in Theology and Military History) from Leeds University. In 1996 he received a PhD from Leeds for his thesis on Japan's Ka...

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Illustrator :
Mariusz Kozik
Illustrator :
Alan Gilliland
Illustrator :
Johnny Shumate
Author :
Stephen Turnbull
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