Samurai William: The Englishman who Opened Japan

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Penguin Books, 2002 - History - 352 pages
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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.

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User Review  - bluepigeon - LibraryThing

The story of William Adams, the first Englishman to live in Japan and gain high esteem in the shogun's court, is interesting. Giles Milton is a good storyteller, and the story is one of treacherous ... Read full review

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User Review  - BrynDahlquis - LibraryThing

A very well-written and interesting book about William Adams, the first Englishman in Japan. It managed to give plenty of information not only about Adams, but also Japan in general and all the things ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Giles Milton is the author of The Riddle and the Knight, a critically acclaimed history of the explorer Sir John Mandeville.

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