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The Pirate King: Coxinga and the Fall of the Ming Dynasty
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0750932694, Hardcover)This is the fantastic true story of the infamous pirate; Coxinga who became king of Taiwan and was made a god - twice
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"The eldest son of China's richest smuggler, Coxinga was raised in a palace and sent to elite schools where he developed a love of poetry and Confucian philosophy. From this unlikely beginning, he became one of the last warriors loyal to the doomed Ming emperor, commanding a fleet of 3,000 ships and over 250,000 soldiers. When the Ming dynasty fell, Coxinga turned to piracy, ousting the Dutch from Taiwan to become ruler of the island. He was later made a god - twice. This book tells the true story of this infamous pirate king in full for the first time." "The invasion of China by the Manchus and the collapse of the Ming dynasty in 1644 shaped Coxinga's life. It transformed him from a wealthy child of privilege into a renegade with a price on his head, and threw him into conflict with his cynical father, who became a war profiteer and collaborator. His family members were tempted by offers from the enemy, but when they deserted the last Ming stronghold Coxinga refused to follow. Burning his Confucian scholar's robes and donning a warrior's armour, he took charge of his father's fleet and embraced his new destiny - only to be struck with tragedy at the moment of his greatest triumph." "Filled with a host of extraordinary characters - the sword-wielding priest Adam Schall, the trader and conman Captain China, and Coxinga's samurai mother - this is a book which will appeal to anyone with a taste for adventure and an interest in the Far East."--BOOK JACKET.
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