Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan

Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan


By (author) Giles Milton

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 20mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 30 December 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0142003786
  • ISBN 13: 9780142003787
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 317,979

Product description

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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Author information

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

Review quote

"Adams's story is a grand one . . . [and] in Samurai William Giles Milton presents it with gusto." --Jonathan Spence, The New York Review of Books"Vivid, scrupulously researched . . . It is a sheer pleasure to read." --The New York Times Book Review

Table of contents

Samurai WilliamMap 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