The Christian Century in Japan, 1549-1650 -

The Christian Century in Japan, 1549-1650



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On 23 September 1548, a boat carrying two Portuguese merchants was blown ashore on the south-westerly tip of Japan. Thus by chance they discovered the fabled country reported by Marco Polo. In 1549 St Francis Xavier started a Jesuit mission in Japan. Christianity flourished; by the end of the "Christian Century" there were some 300,000 converts. Then the Shoguns rose to absolute power, the missionaries were expelled and Christians persecuted. Two centuries later, when Commodore Perry forced Japan to open its ports, thousands of Christians declared themselves. This classic study of a remarkable but little-known period of Japanese history was first published in 1951. This edition is illustrated with the works of art produced in that fruitful century of cultural cross-fertilisation.

Product code: 9781857540352

ISBN 9781857540352
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW158xS37
On Sale Date 23/09/1993
Series Aspects of Portugal
No. Of Pages 552
Publisher Carcanet Press Ltd
Edition UK ed.
A study of the century that began with the establishment of a Jesuit mission in Japan by St Francis Xavier in 1548, saw the conversion of 300,000 people and ended with the rise of the Shoguns to absolute power and the subsequent expelling of the Portugese missionaries and persecution of Christians.