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This Orient Isle (Omnibus)

Professor Jerry Brotton’s captivating account of Britain's first contacts with the Muslim world. Read by Derek Jacobi.

Professor Jerry Brotton examines Queen Elizabeth I's fascination with the Orient.

One of the UK's leading experts on cultural exchange, he 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.

Derek Jacobi reads the captivating account of how Britain sent ships, treaties and gifts to the royal families of Morocco and Turkey, including a gold carriage and a full-size pipe organ.

Omnibus of five parts.

Producer: David Roper

A Heavy Entertainment production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in April 2016.

26 days left to listen

1 hour, 10 minutes

Last on

Sunday 06:00


  • Sun 3 Apr 2016 09:00
  • Sun 3 Apr 2016 19:50
  • Sun 9 Feb 2020 09:00
  • Sun 9 Feb 2020 20:00
  • Sunday 06:00