Academia & Science

History Lecture: The Lady Samurai

12 March 2020


British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Who were the “Lady Samurai”?

You might imagine the Lady Samurai to be women in armour or women fighting with swords. It is true that women warriors show up in fiction. We will first go over the characters in popular culture and think about the image of Japanese women who lived in the past. I will then introduce the life stories of women who did not engage in battle. Instead of fighting and putting their lives at risk, some women utilised the cultural legacy and privilege of the elite samurai household to establish themselves. What did they do? How did they survive through the civil wars?