Samurai William: The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan
In 1611 an astonishing letter arrived at the East India Trading Company in London after a tortuous seven-year journey. Englishman William Adams was one of only twenty-four survivors of a fleet of ships bound for Asia, and he had washed up in the forbidden land of Japan.
The traders were even more amazed to learn that, rather than be horrified by this strange country, Adams had fallen in love with the barbaric splendour of Japan - and decided to settle. He had forged a close friendship with the ruthless Shogun, taken a Japanese wife and sired a new, mixed-race
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Reviews for Samurai William: The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan
Jane Gardam, Spectator
Anyone who enjoyed Shogun ... will love this
Lancashire Evening Post
Samurai William is a great read and fairly romps along
A page-turner of a book... an accessible, well-crafted piece of popularised history.
Allan Spence, The Scotsman
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