In Polish. In 1612 - writes an excellent historian of the Elizabethan era, Alfred Leslie Rowse - an English ship called "Clove" called to the coast of Japan, where a safe and prosperous life was piloted by Will Adams. After a desperate Dutch expedition through the Pacific, he found himself in terrible trouble in 1600. But as a great sailor and ship builder, he earned the shogun's staff - he built ships modelled on Western ones, and taught him the basics of geometry and mathematics. In return, he gained property, numerous subjects and a wife (although he also had a family and wife in England). However, he was forbidden to return, and when finally "Clove" arrived to establish trade, Adams did not want to return.
Continued from the novel by James Clavell Szogun, as well as from the film Shogun shot in 1981 by Jerry London. Giles Milton, however, tells how it really happened, and his story grows into a fascinating panorama of the breakthrough times of the European conquest of the world - the conquest that ended in defeat in Japan, perhaps because of Captain William Adams. This deep but authentic story is one of the most eloquent episodes of the age of great discoveries. Simple, though aware of the secrets of navigation, a sailor from Limehouse near London won the respect of perhaps the largest ruler of modern Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The memory of this sailor is worshipped in Japan today, and his tomb is still standing on the hill above Yokosuka port.
In his excellent historical reportage, Milton uses never published, and even unknown English, Portuguese, Dutch testimonies, and above all - for the first time - Japanese. By voicing fascinating accounts, the author puts us at the heart of the clash of cultures. The picture of contemporary Europe emerges from them, torn apart by religious, feudal and economic antagonisms, fatally divided in the face of majestic, mysterious Japan. Also emerging is a shocking collection of types which are the beginning of European expansion. Fortunately, Adams himself (Richard Chamberlain played him in the movie Shogun) and the monumental Tokugawa (played by Toshiro Mifune) restore faith in humanity. Giles Milton is far from moralising, but the conclusions are obvious.
Pictorial covers and spine in very good condition. Tight binding. Clean edges. Contents clean and free from marks and inscriptions. Illustrated with several b&w pictures.