Samurai: A Guide to the Feudal Knights

Samurai: A Guide to the Feudal Knights

by Xavier W. Niz
     
 

Brave Samurai warriors served the lords of Japan and fought epic battles to protect their homeland. Journey back in time to learn about the code of honor followed by these skilled swordsmen and how they prepared for combat.See more details below

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Brave Samurai warriors served the lords of Japan and fought epic battles to protect their homeland. Journey back in time to learn about the code of honor followed by these skilled swordsmen and how they prepared for combat.

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Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Samurai were professional warriors, hired by regional land barons (daimyo) to protect their property; although considered higher in status than merchants and farmers, Samurai could not own land. During the early Samurai period (6th century), anyone could aspire to becoming a warrior, but by the Edo period (1600's) this had become a hereditary position that required years of training. A code of conduct, called bushido, ostensibly not written down until the 17th century, articulated the values Samurai should live by such as courage, honor and loyalty. There is discussion of famous Samurai warriors in legend and legacy in modern day culture including wars, media, and annual re-enactments. Part of the "History's Greatest Warriors" series which includes volumes titled Ninjas, Gladiators, Samurai, and Vikings, the series identifies university history faculty as consultants for individual volumes but otherwise cites no sources for factual information. No note is provided about individual authors. Unfamiliar words are highlighted in the text, defined at the bottom of the page where originally found, and accumulated into a glossary at the end of the text. Limited sources for further reading are offered as well as a link to the "FactHound" website which accompanies most Capstone publications. A short index provides access to content, which is spread across glossy full-color pages of photographs, charts, and color-blocks of topical information. Given the limited text, lack of source citations, and price, this should be considered supplemental material on the subject for school libraries. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Gr 5�8—The series is more focused on relaying facts about the four groups of exceptional fighters than on a narrative. Gladiators offers the least amount of cultural context and mentions weapons without defining them. However, it also provides some of the most engaging facts, using visuals that echo video games in order to relay statistics about types of fighters. Ninjas and Samurai both have extensive modern cultural references to which students will relate. Vikings uses a strong mix of archaeology and historical documentation to present information about the conquerors. All of the volumes have eye-catching photos and illustrations. Trivia buffs (or fans of Spike TV's Deadliest Warrior show) will want these as regular references.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429666015
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Series:
History's Greatest Warriors Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
IG810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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