Greetings from Solveig!
> ---I've been looking for some good books in English on the subject of
> ranks and robes and protocol, but I haven't found anything thorough
> yet... any suggestions? :o)
Learn Japanese? That is not quite as flip as it sounds. If you learn
Japanese then you aren't dependent upon other folks getting around
to translating the stuff you are interested in. However, you do become
dependent upon 1) books available from U.S. libraries and 2) books
which can be purchased from Japan. (Now that one is a truly heavy
addiction. Pun intended.
On a slightly more helpful note, there is an English Language guide
to classical Japanese literature which has a lot of the stuff that you
are interested in. However, the down side is that the last time I
looked for it, I found a different book. So, I am not in a good position
to point you to the correct volume. And, no, I'm not thinking of the
Shining Prince guidebook. This is a much bigger book.
Your Humble Servant
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