Japanese Fortified Temples and Monasteries AD 710Â?1062

by Stephen Turnbull (Author), Peter Dennis (Illustrator)

From the 10th century onwards the great Japanese monastic foundations of Nara and Mount Hiei maintained large armies of warlike monks. The tempestuous political rivalries that developed between the different orders of monks and religiously inspired laymen ensured that their temples and monasteries had to be securely sited and robustly defended. This books recreates these enormous fortified monasteries and temples, tracing their development from the 10th century through to the Sengoku Jidai period and the rise of the power of the shogunate under Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Book details

Publication date
June 20, 2012
Publisher
Collection
Page count
64
ISBN
9781782000136