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Book Title: Samurai William: The Englishman Who Unlocked Japan|
Date of issue: 2003
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The author of the book: Giles Milton
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 36.71 MB
Edition: Hodder and Stoughton
Read full description of the books Samurai William: The Englishman Who Unlocked Japan: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.
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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