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Thomas Dallam Mini Episode 2: Esperanza Malchi & More



We’re back to Constantinople again this episode for another try at the mini-episode format. Here, I’m talking about Esperanza Malchi, a Spanish-born Jewish woman who rose to prominence in the Sultan’s palace during the final years of the 16th century. She’s a somewhat mysterious figure. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information out there about her (or else I would have done a longer episode), but she’s a fascinating character and it gives us an avenue into the Sultanate of Women and another side of the Ottoman palace world that Thomas Dallam will soon be sailing for. 

D.

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Thomas Dallam 2 – Transcript



This is the transcript of episode 2 of my series on, and leading up to, Thomas Dallam, the Elizabethan organ builder who sailed to Constantinople with a gift for the Sultan. You can listen to the episode here or through the usual podcast services.

Welcome back to our thus-far effectively Dallamless series on the life and times of Thomas Dallam, one of the most successful organ-men of the 17th century, and also, for a few months in Constantinople, the fulcrum on which Anglo-Ottoman relations pivoted. But we should recap.

As we saw last episode, Elizabethan England was some distance removed from global empire status. In fact, its merchants were casting about for overseas markets, constrained as they were by the successes of the hostile Spanish and Portuguese dominating the ways west and south respectively, to the Americas and Africa, by turmoil in the Spanish Habsburg ruled Low Countries, and by the Ottoman Empire’s stranglehold on overland trade with the east. This was not quite the England of sugar and slaves and the sun never setting. That was on the way though, and both sugar and slaves were becoming important.

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Thomas Dallam 4: Edward Barton in Constantinople



Edward Barton takes up residence in Constantinople, struggles with his unofficial position, navigates the death of a sultan, and eventually goes to war alongside the Ottomans against a Christian foe. And Thomas Dallam’s departure creeps closer.  Thanks for listening!

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Thomas Dallam 3: England’s First Ambassador



Elizabethan England’s engagements with the Islamic world continue in this episode, this time taking us back to Constantinople with England’s first ambassador there, William Harborne. There’s piracy, palace intrigue, and Harborne’s steadfast distaste for French and Venetian diplomats. Enjoy!

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Updates



Hey everybody. Hope you’re enjoying the series on Thomas Dallam, the series which will indeed soon be getting to Thomas Dallam. Next full episode we’ll be looking at the relationship between England and the Ottoman Empire, the relationship that took Dallam to Constantinople, and we’ll do that through a series of three English ambassadors living in the city and dealing with their French and Venetian opposite numbers, the sometimes bloody palace infighting, and the occasional fatal blunder committed by their countrymen.

That episode will be out next weekend. This Monday, I’ll be putting up something shorter, another experiment with the mini-episode format. The topic might still change, but I’m thinking it will be about a character who came up already but we didn’t have time to really get into. Look for that on Monday.

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