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Tales of a Trading Factory ft Williams Adams
on 27 June 2017
I came to this book because I love James Clavell's Shogun and was interested in finding out more about the man who inspired it, but I finished it disappointed.
On the one hand this book is a really interesting study of the working of the English trading factory in Japan, the micro and macro problems as well as the interesting personalities of these merchant explorers helped by a wealth of first hand evidence.
The problem is William Adams is only a cameo in his own book! It seems the real central character is Richard Cocks as seemingly confirmed by the book continuing a while after Williams death but ending shorty afters Cocks own.