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William Adams, The First Englishman in Japan (Part 2)
It’s season four of Loremen! It’s 4oremen. 4men? Either way, we’re one man short of opening a profitable burger chain. And it’s time for William Adams 2: The Secret of the Ooze.
The first Englishman in Japan is starting to get comfortable in his new home/prison, but he is about to run into Jesuits, the East India Company and a particularly unpleasant maritime pornographer. Prepare yourself for a tale of hubris, smooth-talkers and a very rude misreading of ‘Three Mile Island’.
For a more fulsome (and less silly) telling of the story, James’s main source for this episode was Giles Milton’s wonderful book, Samurai William.
Content Warning: No new willies are pulled off in this episode. But we do reference the willy-pulling in S3E107.
The Loremen are Alasdair Beckett-King & James Shakeshaft.
Featured image from A mapp of the Isles of Iapon, 1684, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center and A Patagonian penguin standing on a floe. Etching by Eastgate (Wellcome Collection).
Music from La Lettre De Manon Valse played by Megone’s Orchestra, 1905.