Friday, September 5, 2008

Lamers point on guns

I continue to write about Nobunaga and guns. I will use Jeroen Lamers, Japonius Tyrannus to tie in with the Varley article. "The number of 3000 harquebusiers first appears in Oze Hoans's Shinchoki, but the far more reliable and earlier Shinchoo Ko ki speaks of only 1000 harquebusiers" (Lamers, 112). Now I do not think he threw out Oze Hoan's work completely. I think it was a compare and contrast. You decide.

As for his source of information, look on page 245 and end note 242. Guess who shows up to the party? Fujimoto Masayuki. To tell you the truth, I smell a rat in the house. The only way his theory will stick if the Oda/Tokugawa army was less than the standard number. If the Oda/Tokugawa was 18,000 and the Takeda 6,000, then his theory has some credibility (Nobunaga's force of 10,000/1000 gunners).

However, if the Oda/Tokugawa army was more than the smaller number, then there was no way in hell Nobunaga would bring an army of less than 10% gunners. More later.

Tenka no Tame!

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