This week, we’ll be tackling an oft-requested topic; women warriors in the samurai class. Contrary to what you might think, women were actually very active in the roughly 800 years that make up the dominant time of the samurai class. Today, we’ll be discussing just a few of them and learning about their accomplishments during Japan’s war-torn past.
Listen to the episode here.
Amdur, Ellis. Women Warriors in Japan: The Role of Arms-Bearing Women in Japanese History
McCullough, Hellen Craig, trans. The Tale of the Heike.
Sansom, George. A History of Japan, vol. I and II (Prehistory-1334, 1334-1615)
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