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Stephen Richard Turnbull is a historian specializing in eastern military history, especially the Samurai of Japanmarker.

He attended Cambridge University where he gained his first degree. He currently holds an MA in Theology, MA in Military History and a PhD from the University of Leedsmarker where he is currently a lecturer in Far Eastern Religions.

He has also written a number of books on other medieval topics. He was on the editorial board of the short-lived Medieval History Magazine (2003–2005), which was published in association with the Royal Armouries.

Selected works

* reprinted by Osprey, 2003: OCLC 225518299

  • 1980 – The Mongols. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. 10-ISBN 0-850-45372-0; 13-ISBN 978-0-850-45372-0

* reprinted by Cassell, London, 2000. 10-ISBN 1-854-09523-4; 13-ISBN 978-1-854-09523-7; OCLC 59400034

  • 2002 – Samurai Heraldry. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. 10-ISBN 1-841-76304-7; 13-ISBN 978-1-841-76304-0

  • 2003 – Ninja AD 1460–1650. Oxford: Osprey Publishing. 10-ISBN 1-841-76525-2; 13-ISBN 978-1-841-76525-9

Journal articles

  • "Mongol strategy and the Battle of Leignitz 1241", MHM, Issue 3, November 2003.

  • "The Teutonic Knights' battle for Riga", MHM, Issue 6, February 2004.

  • "The Passing of the Medieval Castle", MHM, Issue 9, May 2004.

  • "St Catherine's Monastery: Sanctuary of Ages", MHM, Issue 11 July 2004.

  • "Fighting Cardinals: Henry Beaufort & Guiliano Cesarini", MHM, Issue 13, September 2004.

  • "A Tale of Two Cities: Siege success and failure at Constantinople and Belgrade", MHM, Issue 16, December 2004.

  • "The Blunted Arrowhead: The defensive role of the great medieval fortresses of Albania", MHM, Issue 17, January 2005.



  1. Turnbull, Stephen. (2005). Samurai Commanders, p. 2.

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