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Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan

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An eye-opening account of the first encounter between England and Japan, by the acclaimed author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg

In 1611, the merchants of London's East India Company received a mysterious letter from Japan, written several years previously by a marooned English mariner named William Adams. Foreigners had been denied access to Japan for centuries, yet Adams had been living in this unknown land for years. He had risen to the highest levels in the ruling shogun's court, taken a Japanese name, and was now offering his services as adviser and interpreter.

Seven adventurers were sent to Japan with orders to find and befriend Adams, in the belief that he held the key to exploiting the opulent riches of this forbidden land. Their arrival was to prove a momentous event in the history of Japan and the shogun suddenly found himself facing a stark choice: to expel the foreigners and continue with his policy of isolation, or to open his country to the world. For more than a decade the English, helped by Adams, were to attempt trade with the shogun, but confounded by a culture so different from their own, and hounded by scheming Jesuit monks and fearsome Dutch assassins, they found themselves in a desperate battle for their lives.

Samurai William is the fascinating story of a clash of two cultures, and of the enormous impact one Westerner had on the opening of the East.

Synopsis:

An eye-opening account of the first encounter between England and Japan, by the acclaimed author of "Nathaniel's Nutmeg. Samurai William" is the fascinating story of a clash of two cultures, and of the enormous impact one Westerner had on the opening of the East.

About the Author

Giles Milton is the author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg (FSG, 1999), Big Chief Elizabeth (FSG, 2000) and The Riddle and the Knight (FSG, 2001). He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374253851
Subtitle:
The Englishman Who Opened Japan
Author:
Milton, Giles
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Discovery and exploration
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
British
Subject:
Pilots and pilotage
Subject:
Great Britain
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Expeditions & Discoveries
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
v. 236
Publication Date:
20030118
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.76x5.94x1.27 in. 1.25 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , An eye-opening account of the first encounter between England and Japan, by the acclaimed author of "Nathaniel's Nutmeg. Samurai William" is the fascinating story of a clash of two cultures, and of the enormous impact one Westerner had on the opening of the East.
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