This unique synthetic history of Japan's "middle ages" is a remarkable portrait of a complex period in the evolution of Japan. Using a wide variety of sources ranging from legal and historical texts to artistic and literary examples to form a detailed overview of medieval Japanese society, Souyri demonstrates the interconnected nature of medieval Japanese culture while providing an animated account of the era's religious, intellectual, and literary practices.
Thought provoking. . . . A broad picture of the current state of the art in the field of Japanese medieval history.