Dallam's Travels with an Organ to the Grand Signieur, 1599-1600

Thomas Dallam (c 1570 - )

Queen Elizabeth the First of England, the Grand Turk at Constantinople, and an organ builder named Thomas Dallam—quite a trio. In 1599, Elizabeth commanded master organ builder Dallam to construct and deliver to the Grand Signieur , as a present intended to garner trade and political advantages for England, a fantastic mechanical organ. Dallam’s wonder stood 16 feet high and was topped by a silver holly bush filled with blackbirds and thrushes that sung and shook their wings. Dallam kept a diary during his visit to Turkey, which included a sneak look through a grate at the Grand Turk’s concubines in the harem. “I stood so long looking upon them that (the guide) stamped with his foot to make me give over looking; the which I was very loath to do, for that sight did please me wondrous well.” Dallam’s ingenuous style and numerous adventures make for a highly enjoyable listen. - Summary by Sue Anderson

Genre(s): Memoirs

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Departure - Meeting with Dunkirkers Sue Anderson
Play 02 The Dunkirkers Sue Anderson
Play 03 At Algiers Sue Anderson
Play 04 Visit to a Monastery on the Island of Zante Sue Anderson
Play 05 At Scanderoon Sue Anderson
Play 06 Master Maye Taken Prisoner Sue Anderson
Play 07 At Chios - A Bag of Garlic Sue Anderson
Play 08 Entering the Dardanelles Sue Anderson
Play 09 Arrival at Constantinople Sue Anderson
Play 10 Taking the Organ to the Seraglio Sue Anderson
Play 11 Dallam Plays the Organ for the Grand Signieur Sue Anderson
Play 12 Dallam Has a Narrow Escape Sue Anderson
Play 13 Journey Home Across Greece Sue Anderson
Play 14 Trumpets Sounding, Home to London Sue Anderson