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.
About the Author
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'.
Table of Contents
Introduction · Chronology · Enlistment · Training · Appearance and equipment · Everyday life · The Ninja in combat · Colour plate commentary · Museums and collections · Re-enactment · Index