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A Very British Samurai Source List

All right, gang: now that History Impossible's West Meets East Trilogy is complete, it's time to take a look at the final episode's source list regarding William Adams, the only British samurai; his life, his exploits, and his associations. If you're interested in learning more about Adams and the period following the Battle of Sekigahara in Japan, I can't recommend these books enough to read and expand your knowledge.

  1. Giles Milton, Samurai William: The Englishman Who Opened Japan, 2004

  2. Richard Tames, Servant of the Shogun: Being the True Story of William Adams, Pilot and Samurai, the First Englishman in Japan, 1988

  3. Hiromi T. Rogers, Anjin - The Life & Times of Samurai William Adams, 1564-1620: As Seen Through Japanese Eyes, 2016

  4. Pablo E. Perez-Mallaina, Spain's Men of the Sea: Daily Life on the Indies Fleets in the Sixteenth Century, 2005

  5. Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, "Living in the Atlantic World: 1450-1800", 2020

  6. Royal Museums Greenwich, "Life at Sea", 2020

Stay tuned in the coming 30-45 days for the next episode of History Impossible. It's going to a bit of a doozy if the research and timeliness of the topic are any indication.


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