Reception at 5:30 p.m.
In spite of enduring myths about their absence, Jews and Muslims were a complex presence in Tudor England, whether as imagined stage caricatures or actual political agents. Jerry Brotton and James Shapiro, two preeminent cultural historians of the Renaissance, both familiar faces on BBC, will engage in a far-ranging dialogue about how Judaism and Islam were — and remain — part of the British national story.
You can read more about Jerry Brotton’s recent book, The Sultan and the Queen: The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam here. James Shapiro’s classic, Shakespeare and the Jews, was just reissued in a twentieth-anniversary edition and there is more about it here. Both are bestselling authors and prize-winning scholars.