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Thomas Lockley

日本大学法学部助教授


日本大学法学部助教授。ロンドン大学東洋アフリカ学院(SOAS)客員研究員。研究分野は言語学習。担当教科は歴史で、特に国際的視野に立った日本史を扱う。

日本やアジアの歴史に関する多くの研究も行なっており、織田信長に仕えた弥助についての世界で初めての論文を発表している。

本書『信長と弥助』は初の著作にあたる。2019年4月にGeoffrey Girardとの共著、African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japanを米国にて刊行予定。イギリス出身、日本在住。


「アフリカン・サムライ」への推薦の言葉

“A rich portrait of a brutal age”.

—Kirkus Reviews

“A gripping tale of politics, war and religion that reads like an adventure story”.

—Dave Rear, author of A Less Boring History of the World

“The time has come for history to embrace the amazing story of Yasuke. In African Samurai words flex their muscles and pay tribute to a man of physical strength and combat skills. The writing is seductive and the reader sees the world through Yasuke’s eyes. There is much to learn about the wonder of his life, and his story is a sharp blade cutting into invisibility”.

—E. Ethelbert Miller

“This book is not only the best account in English of Yasuke, the famous African samurai. It’s also a delightful introduction to the vibrant and multicultural world of Asian maritime history. Written novelistically, with a light scholarly touch… Exciting and informative!

—Tonio Andrade, author of The Gunpowder Age

“Rarely do I read a book that challenges my worldview of history, but African Samurai certainly alters my understanding of African and Japanese history. African Samurai gripped me from the opening sentence — a unique story of a unique man, and yet someone with whom we can all identify”.

—Jack Weatherford, author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

“African Samurai sounds like a novel, a freaking amazing novel. But Yasuke is real, and Lockley and Girard bring him and his world to life with incredible research and style. Yasuke may have lived in the 1500s, but he is a hero for our modern world. Seriously…when is the movie?””

—Bret Witter, #1 New York Times bestselling co-author of The Monuments Men