is a fine piece of historical writing and one of the richest sources now available in English for information on Japan's medieval age...Martin Collcutt deserves much praise for this book. It is an outstanding contribution to the literature in English on medieval Japan. (Monumenta Nipponica
This book should be read widely by students of history, Buddhism, and history of religions for its fascinating contents as well as its methodological astuteness. (American Historical Review
This study...explores many areas of Japanese monastic life not thoroughly examined before by Western scholars...[A] rich and competent study of major significance. (Journal of the American Academy of Religion
About the Author
Martin Collcutt is Professor of East Asian Studies and History at Princeton University.