Will he be an Italian condottieri from 1450 resplendent in full regalia?
Or will he be a Teutonic knight of circa 1400 in a head-to-toe suit of articulated Gothic plate-armor and bastard sword?
In the case of comparing a knight to a samurai, each warrior used armor, weapons, and methods oriented towards the particular opponents of their day and age.
Therefore, neither can be looked upon as being universally more effective under all conditions against all manner of opponents. Having some small experience in the methods and weaponry of each, as well as a few cross-training opportunities, I offer my humble thoughts on the matter.
Knowing her remaining time on earth to be short, Takeko asked her sister, Yūko, to cut her head off and have it buried rather than permit the enemy to seize it as a trophy.
It was taken to Hōkai Temple and buried underneath a pine tree.Janice Nimura spoke with author Marie Mutsuki Mockett.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.It would not be unrealistic to believe on a whole that neither was likely decisively stronger or faster than the other.Although, century samurai armor examples are sized for men around 5'3"-5'5", while European armor from the same period and earlier would fit men ranging from just under 6' to about 6'5").The ability of each combatant to read or size up their opponent and the threat they posed would be an important consideration.Are both to be briefed on the nature of their opponent and his armaments?Interestingly, the same climate and weather for each would be just about right.There are a great many intangibles to consider here.With the samurai though, we are dealing with a single, homogenous culture and one in which versions of their historical martial traditions have survived, in one form or another, fairly intact.Thus we have a somewhat better idea of the average samurai's training and ability through the centuries than compared to contemporary European warriors.