Prof. David Abulafia: Wolfson Prize Special (1415)

In this episode of Travels Through Time we are taken on an invigorating tour of the ports, coasts and oceans of the world with Professor David Abulafia, winner of the prestigious 2020 Wolfson Prize for History for his book, The Boundless Sea.

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The scenes discussed in this episode come from The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans (Allen Lane).

Show notes:

Scene One: 21 August 1415, The Portuguese attack on Ceuta, North Africa

Scene Two: 1415, The Eastern Settlement Greenland

Scene Three: 1415 Nanjing, east coast of central China

Memento: A piece of Chinese porcelain from Nanjing


Presenter: Peter Moore

Guest: Professor David Abulafia

Editorial: Artemis Irvine

Producers: Maria Nolan

Titles: Jon O


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