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With all the adventure, derring-do, and bloodcurdling battle scenes of his earlier book, Nathaniel’s Nutmeg, acclaimed historian Giles Milton dazzles readers with the true story of William Adams—the first Englishman to set foot in Japan (and the inspiration for James Clavell’s bestselling novel Shogun). Beginning with Adams’s startling letter to the East India Company in 1611—more than a decade after he’d arrived in Japan—Samurai William chronicles the first foray by the West

into that mysterious closed-off land. Drawing upon the journals and letters of Adams as well as the other Englishmen who came looking for him, Samurai William presents a unique glimpse of Japan before it once again closed itself off from the world

for another two hundred years.

Synopsis:

With all the adventure and bloodcurdling battle scenes of his earlier book, "Nathaniel's Nutmeg," an acclaimed historian dazzles readers with the true story of William Adams, the first Englishman to set foot in Japan (and the inspiration for James Clavell's bestselling novel "Shogun").

About the Author

Giles Milton is the author of three books, including a history of the seventeenth-century spice wars in the Dutch East Indies, Nathanie‛s Nutmeg.

Table of Contents

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A Note On Spelling

Prologue

1. At The Court Of Bungo

2. Icebergs In The Orient

3. All At Sea

4. In The Name Of The Father

5. Samurai William

6. Into Unknown Lands

7. Greeting Mr. Adams

8. At Home With Richard Cocks

9. Clash Of The Samurai

10. A Question Of Language

11. Killed Like Fishes

12. A Ruptured Friendship

13. Last Orders

Notes And Sources

Acknowledgments

Index

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Hairica, July 27, 2009 (view all comments by Hairica)
An interesting history, but not what I expected. Many of the letters written by Williams have been lost or destroyed, so there is little of his perspective in the text. However, Richard Cocks, a different Englishman living in Japan, wrote prolifically and included many personal and humorous details. Based on the accounts of Cocks and other merchants, the book gives enough historical details to make the plight of the Englishmen compelling. Descriptions of Japan and its culture effectively explained the inevitable clash with the rowdy mariners, but the pace of the story kind of plods and fizzles. The sense of imminent danger was never present. Still, the accounts of the magnificent palace in Osaka have me dreaming of a Japanese vacation.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142003787
Author:
Milton, Giles
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Adventurers & Explorers
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
British
Subject:
Pilots and pilotage
Subject:
British -- Japan.
Subject:
Adams, William
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
no. 97/133
Publication Date:
20031231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
7.76x5.06x.67 in. .55 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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