S4E1 – William Adams, The First Englishman in Japan (Part 2)

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.




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