Samurai William : The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan
by Giles Milton
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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In 1611, an amazing letter arrived at the East India Trading Company in London after a tortuous journey of seven yearsEnglish William Adams is one of only twenty-four survivors of a fleet of ships bound for Asia, and he had washed them in Japan’s land banTraders were even more surprised to learn that, rather than be horrified by this strange country, Adams had fallen in love with the barbarian splendor of Japan and decided to settle downThat he had forged a close friendship with the ruthless Shogun, a Japanese woman, and he fathered a new mixed race of the familyAdams letter inflamed London merchants to plan a new expedition to the Far East, with designs for trade with the Japanese and use Adams contacts to forge new trade tiesSAMURAÏ WILLIAM brilliantly illuminates a world whose horizons are rapidly expanding eastward
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