This lecture has unfortunately been cancelled. It will be re-scheduled for later this year.

brotton2016Cambridge Muslim College is pleased to announce the following public lecture:

This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World
Speaker: Professor Jerry Brotton

on Wednesday 25th May 2016 from 6:30 – 8 pm.

Venue: Cambridge Muslim College, 14 St Paul’s Road, Cambridge CB1 2EZ

Poster and further details

In this talk Jerry Brotton explains how this was the beginning of a sustained alignment between Elizabethan England and Islamic powers stretching from Morocco to Persia. It led to cultural, economic and political exchanges with the Islamic world of a depth not again experienced until the modern age. Jerry shows that England’s relations with the Muslim world were far more extensive, and often more amicable, than we have ever appreciated, and that their influence was felt across the political, commercial and domestic landscape of Elizabethan England, even touching Shakespeare. It is a startlingly unfamiliar picture of a part of England’s national history that has up until this point been sadly neglected.

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Jerry Brotton is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London. He is a regular broadcaster and critic as well the author of Trading Territories: Mapping the Early Modern World, Global Interests: Renaissance Art between East and West (with Lisa Jardine), The Renaissance Bazaar: From the Silk Road to Michelangelo, The Sale of the Late King’s Goods: Charles I and his Art Collection (shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and the Hessell-Tiltman History Prize) and the bestselling, award-winning A History of the World in Twelve Maps, which has been translated into 12 languages.

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