Hello generous listener,
This being an off-week there’ll be no new episode. Actually, I’m struggling with the next one at the moment, but there is still hope that it will be out on time, this coming Friday.
We’re continuing to follow the trail of Elizabethan trade to newly risen Saadian Morocco and getting ever closer to Thomas Dallam’s departure for the Ottoman court. It is, as always, a very interesting time, as the Saadians had replaced a relatively weak Watassid dynasty and pushed Morocco into the middle of the Habsburg-Ottoman struggles, becoming, as Weston Cook puts it, “… no longer an arena of contest, but a potential contestant… .” In search of gold, sugar, and a market for its cloth, England inched towards a curious friendship with this potential contestant, running deeply afoul of the Portuguese as they did. We’ll get into all of that and more next time.
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I’m also looking at starting to put out mini-episodes now and then, between the larger, main narrative, ones. The idea will be to tell stories that I think are really interesting but which would entail too much of an aside to wedge them into the regular episodes, so watch for one of those on the rise of the Saadian dynasty some time over the next few weeks.