Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan / Edition 1

Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan / Edition 1

by Giles Milton
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Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan / Edition 1

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.

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ISBN-13: 2900142003786
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/30/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

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A Note On Spelling

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

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Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will fascinate any reader. The author doesn't write down his impressions of the story, or even tell it his way. Instead he uses the actual writings of the Englishmen in Japan to tell the story. William Adams was a great man and his story will shock the reader. It is the story of a poor English captain traveling with Dutch merchants to the Land of the Rising Sun. After arriving in Japan he becomes an advisor to Tokugawa Ieyusu, the leader of Japan and founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The author, Giles Milton, does a fantastic job with this story. I love the way he tells the story using the diaries of Adams, as well as other main characters. He accomplished his purpose, to tell the story of the first Englishmen in Japan, completely. I strongly recommend this book to anyone in need of an intriguing story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn't a huge scholarly book with data and numbers such as 'Hideyohsi' by Mary Elizabeth Berry. It's meant to be something that can be read easily without the things like 'shugo' or 'inner and outer tozoma' or '300,000' koku etc...etc... This book is much easier for someone who has no knowledge of old Japanese history to pick up and read. Compared to Stephen Turnbull books, Samurai Williams is would be a novel- but it's not. Perhaphs one could say that it is a historical-nonfictional-novel. The author uses MANY quotes right out of William's diary and other sources. The 'English' that williams uses is quite different from the English we use today. Now add in various Japanese sources and now that must have been a lot of work. If your interested in Jame Clavell's shogun- this book is for you. It talks about an English captain stranded in Japan. Lo and behold this fellow finds himself as a personal advisor to the shogun! Goes into some detail on the Catholic situation in Japan too. Some of that section was quite moving.