Christ's Samurai

Christ's Samurai The True Story of the Shimabara Rebellion

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The sect was said to harbour dark designs to overthrow the government. Its teachers used a dead language that was impenetrable to all but the innermost circle of believers. Its priests preached love and kindness, but helped local warlords acquire firearms. They encouraged believers to cast aside their earthly allegiances and swear loyalty to a foreign god-emperor, before seeking paradise in terrible martyrdoms. The cult was in open revolt, led, it was said, by a boy sorcerer. Farmers claiming to have the blessing of an alien god had bested trained samurai in combat and proclaimed that fires in the sky would soon bring about the end of the world. The Shogun called old soldiers out of retirement for one last battle before peace could be declared in Japan. For there to be an end to war, he said, the Christians would have to die. This is a true story.

Book information

ISBN: 9781472137418
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Robinson
Pub date:
DEWEY: 952.025
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xix, 265
Weight: 352g
Height: 155mm
Width: 234mm
Spine width: 23mm