Samurai Timeline

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  • 800 - 1876
    Samurai active in Japanese warfare.
  • 1159 - 1189
    Life of the legendary samurai Yoshitsune
  • c. 1580
    It becomes fashionable for Japanese samurai to wear two swords: the daisho ("great and small").
  • 1588
    Toyotomi Hideyoshi rules that only full-rank samurai may carry two swords.
  • 1591
    Samurai are no longer permitted to farm their own land making them dependent on their lords for income.