These were the warriors of pre modern japan the bushi, or as we know them the samurai they are the military class that became the highest ranked during the edo period (1603 -1867) even though they started appearing around the heian period (794 to 1185)they used bows and arrows, spears and sometimes guns, but their main weapon, their sybom, was the sword. Knights (in europe) and samurais (in japan) were part of the military-nobility class during the middle-ages and their functions were more or less the same - to protect and serve the king or a nobleman and their families think of them as special forces. The japanese samurai the samurai were important figures in japanese history they were members of the hereditary class in japan the samurai were important because they protected and defended japan from mongol invasions and helped protect their daimyos' (a feudal landowner/lord) land.
Called knights in europe and samurai in japan, the warriors served local lords in both cases, the warriors were bound by a code of ethics in both cases, the warriors were bound by a code of ethics knights were supposed to conform to the concept of chivalry, while samurai were bound by the precepts of bushido , the way of the warrior. Actually they were all thriving in the year 1000-1100, the knights at the time had chain mail and a helmet most of the time, the viking had hard leather and a helmet, while the samurai had leather, steel, and wood armor with a helmet shaped to deflect blows on the head. European knight wins, the samurai used swords designed more for slashing, against a knight in steel plate armour that is almost useless, tests have been done on samurai swords vs english long swords, the long swords were found to be much, much stronger, in tests the swords were clashed against one another and the katanas bent, snapped and buckled, while the long swords often didn't even get.
By j clements arma director from time to time it is interesting to ponder the outcome of an encounter between two of history's most formidable and highly skilled warriors: the medieval european knight and the feudal japanese samurai. These were classified as the samurai's of japan and the knights of medieval europe both were great warriors known for their courage and sacrificed themselves for the protection of their lords both were affected by the growth in technology which ultimately guided to their demise. Samurai were the elite warriors of feudal japan as dominant as knights were in europe their equipment was as much a display of their status as it was a matter of military necessity these were some of the most crucial parts of their armor. Both samurai and knights made money off of looting and combat, this would include stealing harvests, any rare valuables, stealing livestock, etc a wandering knight or samurai in a time of war (or even out of, knights and samurai often were just bandits with titles of nobility) could devastate a farm or village. In japan the samurai fought for their lords in exchange for a living allowancedifferences japanese feudalism relied more heavily on group and individual loyalties in japan the samurai used leather armor which were not confirmed by contractual agreements bows and arrows broadswords.
Horses and bows were very important in japan (as in medieval europe), and were used in warfare from very early times, as shown in statues and artifacts found in tombs of early chieftains samurai eventually became very skilled in using the horse. European knights & foot soldiers v japanese samurai european knights were utterly obsolete in the 16th century professional armies, hired or not, were the order of the day so as i said before, unless we have concrete ideas of what a european knight, a japanese samurai and their contexts are like, this duel will be nothing but the. The medieval european knight vs the feudal japanese samurai by j clements from time to time it is interesting to ponder the outcome of an encounter between two of histories most formidable and highly skilled warriors: the medieval european knight and the feudal japanese samurai. I know this gets asked allot on here but who do you think would win both from the 1500's knight uses a longsword and a crossbow, no shield samurai uses a katana and bow i go with the samurai i really have no idea how one would beat the other one using swords and bows but somebody would eventually win. In europe, there was a king at the top, nobles, knights, and then lastly were the peasants and slaves in japanese society, there was an emperor, lords and nobles, samurais who served the lords, and peasants.
The samurai, life in feudal japan, medieval and early modern societies - japan, history, year 8, nsw introduction japanese samurai were warriors of the shogun rulers during feudal times while their origins are unknown, what is known is that they were fearsome in combat and were fast on horseback. Knights and samurai provide a valuable history lesson, in that they were two warrior orders that valued honour, but had differing views on what honour actually meant similarly, the political and social structures of japan and europe during this era can't be judged solely by the similarities that may have existed on the surface. Compare samurai code of bushido with the european knights code of chivalry stories of king arthur and lancelot were told to many young knights and became a code of conduct for the european knight (class) there is one key difference between the japanese samurai and the european knight. In reality, most samurai were quite tiny—a 16th century samurai was usually very slim and ranging from 160 to 165 centimeters (5’3″ to 5’5″) in height for comparison, european knights of the same period probably ranged from 180 to 196 centimeters (6′ to 6’5″.
The samurai were a highly skilled japanese warriors that hailed from noble families and served the local lords these warriors were experts in martial arts out of the four main classes in ancient japan—samurais, farmers, artisans and merchants—the samurai were the highest. Both japanese samurai and european knights were expected to abide by the code of honor in japan the code came to be called bushido in europe the code came to be called the code of chivalry. European knights and chinese samurai had certain codes and traditions for the most part, the muslims were tribes of raiders, seeking slaves and booty permalink. Japanese samurai and european knights: were the similarities greater than the differences 1090 words | 5 pages i believe we can all agree that japanese samurais and european knights are two of the most skilled and famous forms of warriors in history, right.
The samurai of feudal japan and the medieval knights of european countries had main similarities and variances the evaluation between these two elite, aristocratic warriors can be shown through their honour, armed forces technology, and issues a typical warrior had to handle on a day to day basis. Interestingly, this happened at about the same time in both japan and europe, even though the regions were thousands of miles apart the japanese called the warriors samurai the europeans called their warriors knights. In medieval europe they had knights, and in medieval japan they had samurai's, both fought in different ways, and were skilled with different things, lets had a closer look at the similarities and differences. While religion played a significant part in japanese and samurai history, it didn't hold the importance religion did in europe at the time (crusades) in fact, there were many buddhist monastaries filled with warrior monks who were technically not samurai, but certainly as well trained and equipped as that class.