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Secrets of the Dead: A Samurai in the Vatican (S20EP5 PBS Wed 17 Nov 2021)

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A Samurai in the Vatican: In 1613, feudal lord Date Masamune sent a Japanese diplomatic mission to Europe to negotiate with the Pope and the King of Spain in hopes opening a new trade route. Led by samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga and Franciscan monk Luis Sotelo, the expedition spent seven years traveling one-third of the globe. Discover the fate and legacy of these men caught up in the first stages of globalization and facing religious and political tensions.

Airdate: Wed 17 Nov 2021 at 22:00 on PBS

Season 20 Episode 5

Secrets of the Dead is part detective story, part true-life drama that unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events.

[NOTE: Episodes shown only in the UK are listed in Season 0, first digit of episode number indicated UK series.]