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Book Title: Samurai William: The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan|
The author of the book: Giles Milton
Date of issue: 2003
ISBN 13: 9780340794685
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 25.66 MB
Read full description of the books Samurai William: The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan:Even though this was the story of William Adams, the first Englishman in Japan, it was chocked full of historical data written in such a way that it didn't read like a history book. There were stories of other brave souls (Portuguese, Dutch and Spanish) who undertook perilous voyages in search of international trade. Remember it was the 1500 and 1600s! It's hard in this day and age to imagine what the travelers suffered just on the sea but also once they arrived in Japan and the surrounding islands. There was such a difference between European and Japanese culture. One of my favorite lines comes early in the book when a scribe in Japan states that the "foreigners thought nothing of shouting at and cursing each other. They show their feelings without any self-control". Obviously something the Japanese would not do. I am sure the foreign "sea dogs" were quite a shock to the Japanese and vice versa. The rivalry among the European nations for trading posts in Japan and the Spice Islands, the struggle between Catholics and Protestants for the souls of the Japanese people, and the internal jockeying for power by the Japanese shoguns all make for a truly good read.
Read information about the authorBritish writer and journalist Giles Milton was born in Buckinghamshire in 1966. He has contributed articles for most of the British national newspapers as well as many foreign publications, and specializes in the history of travel and exploration. In the course of his researches, he has traveled extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Japan and the Far East, and the Americas.
Knowledgeable, insatiably curious and entertaining, Milton locates history's most fascinating—and most overlooked—stories and brings them to life in his books.
He lives in London, where he is a member of the Hakluyt Society, which is dedicated to reprinting the works of explorers and adventurers in scholarly editions, some of which he uses in his research. He wrote most of Samurai William in the London Library, where he loves the "huge reading room, large Victorian desks and creaking armchairs". At home and while traveling, he is ever on the lookout for new untold stories. Apparently he began researching the life of Sir John Mandeville for his book The Riddle and the Knight after Mandeville’s book Travels "literally fell off the shelf of a Paris bookstore" in which he was browsing.
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