The Samurai Warriors – one who serves

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The legends of the Japanese warrior-statesmen, referred to as the samurai, are renowned for accounts of military valor and political intrigue epic conflicts between powerful lords, samurai vassals, and the imperial court as well as accounts of profound self-sacrifice and loyalty.

The term samurai is derived from the word saburau, or “one who serves.” The evolution of the samurai from mounted guards to the nobility (during the twelfth century) and their subsequent ascent to military leaders of Japan (until imperial restoration during the nineteenth century) is chronicled in distinctive warrior arts and literary tradition. The expression “Age of the Samurai” refers to the long period during which Japan was ruled by its warrior class. That age can be said to have begun with the establishment of a national military government at the end of the twelfth century.

 The samurai warrior class of Japan has always fascinated the western world…

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