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The first samurai : the life and legend of the warrior rebel Taira Masakado

Author: Karl F Friday
Publisher: Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It is the kind of story from which great tragic operas are made: A brave warrior of noble birth and royal ancestry runs afoul of a jealous neighbor who then ambushes him in the countryside. The warrior and his followers defeat their attackers, only to be targeted by others who now fear his growing strength. Overly impressed with his continued success against his enemies, he becomes consumed with hubris and soon  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
History
Named Person: Masakado Taira; Masakado Taira; Masakado Taira; Masakado Taira
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Karl F Friday
ISBN: 9780471760825 047176082X
OCLC Number: 154800331
Description: xii, 220 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Masakado and His Legacy: Masakado's Legacy ; The First Samurai --
2. Masakado's World: The Court and the Countryside ; Premise, Reality and Adjustment ; Tax Farmers, Princes and Bandits ; Alliances and Immigrants ; The Taira in the East --
3. Masakado and His Uncles: The Alliance ; The Battle at Shimozuke Capital ; Yoshikane's Revenge --
4. New Enemies and New Friends: The Feud with Sadamori ; The Quarrel in Musashi ; Ambushes and Raids ; Rainbows, Earthquakes and Bandits ; Conclusion --
5. Insurrection: The Incident at the Hitachi Capital ; Lord of the Kant ; The Court's Response ; "Insurrections East and West" ; Conclusion --
6. Apotheosis: The Letter to Fujiwara Tadahira ; Rebellion or Redemption? ; Miscreancy & Misfire in Hitachi ; Fujiwara Hidesato ; Blunder, Mishap and Rout ; The Final Reckoning ; Conclusion --
7. Epilogue: Seeking Sumitomo ; And to the Victors ; Posterity ; Conclusion.
Responsibility: Karl F. Friday.
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"It is the kind of story from which great tragic operas are made: A brave warrior of noble birth and royal ancestry runs afoul of a jealous neighbor who then ambushes him in the countryside. The warrior and his followers defeat their attackers, only to be targeted by others who now fear his growing strength. Overly impressed with his continued success against his enemies, he becomes consumed with hubris and soon falls victim to his own ambition. Add to this the mystique of the samurai, the pageantry of Japan's tenth-century imperial court, and legends of a flying head whose curse has caused disasters for a thousand years, and this compelling tale becomes a drama of epic proportions." "In The First Samurai, you'll discover the amazing true story of Taira Masakado, Japan's first samurai hero. This account traces the roots of Masakado's "bloody feud with local rivals, including his uncles and brothers-in-law. It explains how apparently trifling squabbles grew into years of bitter provincial warfare involving thousands of highly trained samurai." "Filled with harrowing battle scenes, portraits of early Japan, and astounding legends of Masakado's celebrated life after death, The First Samurai is a must-read for anyone interested in the samurai, early Japanese history, and a whopping good tale well told."--Book jacket.

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