Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire


29 April    
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm


British Library
96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

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Acclaimed historian Nandini Das examines the British arrival in India in the early 17th century through the story of Thomas Roe, James I’s first ambassador to the Mughal Empire.

When Roe arrived in India in 1616, he swapped the chaotic and financially strained Jacobean court for the cultured heart of one of the richest empires in the world.

During his four years in India, he witnessed the birth of global trade, taking a ringside seat for a tale of palace intrigue, scandal, gambling and more.

In this event, Professor Das tells Roe’s thrilling story, shining a light on one of the most important encounters in the history of colonialism and empire.

Chaired by author and academic professor Sunny Singh.

In-person tickets – £10 (concessions available)

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