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After landing, Adams spent some time in prison and was nearly executed before he made an unlikely ally in Tokugawa Ieyasu, a powerful feudal lord who would later become shogun of Japan. Intrigued by the outside world and impressed with the sailor's navigational abilities, Ieyasu commissioned Adams to oversee the construction of some ships to be used for both trade and exploration. In time, Adams mastered the language and complex social customs of Japan, began teaching the shogun about geometry and mathematics and served as a translator and political counsellor to Ieyasu. For his service, he was awarded great wealth, land holdings and even a lordship, making him the first foreigner ever to be honoured as a samurai. When news of his high standing reached England, a small crew of Englishmen were sent to Japan to use Adams's political connections to open trade between the two countries.
Giles Milton, author of Nathaniel's Nutmeg does a masterful job of covering Adams's remarkable life. His narrative moves along briskly as he recounts harrowing sea adventures, fascinating details about Japanese culture and the attempts of various countries, including Holland, Portugal, Spain and England, to gain a foothold in Japan to exploit the rich trade possibilities. Samurai William is an impressive achievement and a thoroughly entertaining read. --Shawn Carkonen, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Excellent novel,if you like this you will certainly enjoy James Clavells novel ShogunPublished 6 months ago by Bluesman
I watched Richard Chamberlain play the role of William Adams in the 70's series "Shogun". A great story, the true Samurai William much more interesting than anything... Read morePublished 15 months ago by m osullivan
I really enjoyed the book that i bought the rest of the Giles Milton books to read at my liesurePublished 18 months ago by Anne Rae
Think the name of the above was Shogun, but this is the original and a very interesting story too. You really were on your own in the far East and letters were unreliable. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. G. P. Emsden
This is an interesting account of the attempts by Europeans, particularly the English,Dutch and Jesuits to establish trading and religious footholds in Japan in the early 1600s. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2013 by markr
Reading this you can see where Clavell got the plot from. A very good book which I can really recommendPublished on 6 Feb. 2013 by George Law