It is pretty hard to compare and know who is the greatest under the common soldiers. Active samurai were soldiers, a warrior class.Even when there is someone greater before Musashi no one has the time or interest to record it. Miyamoto and the other samurais became famous when fighting became rare under Tokugawa, those ronins just wandering around with nothing to do than compete with each other or teaching their style. The famous and well known samurais became famous when the real high time of samurais were over.
What about Yukimura Sanada or Shingen Takeda or even Kenshin Usuegi(spelling?) I also thought Mitsuhide Akechi was an interesting samurai. Or even what about that Yamamoto guy. hmm well there are so many to choose from. Oh and of course Tadakatsu Honda
Thats a great point.
It one thing i have been looking for in a book for some time and cant seem to find a decennt book on the subject of religious warriors
all religions are against violence but personal i belive that there are times that require a military response.From the little i have read on the samurai they were religious the ssame with certain warrior monks of other societies how is this allowed/justified?