Matteo Ricci was a Jesuit priest who went to China in the 16th Century with the aim of converting the Chinese to Christianity. He wasn't particularly successful in that goal, but he was influential on European attitudes to China & vice versa. Discussing him and his mission on In Our Time were Mary Laven (University of Cambridge), Craig Clunas (University of Oxford) and Anne Gerritsen (University of Warwick).
The title of the Channel 5 documentary The Spy Who Brought Down Mary Queen of Scots was a little misleading - it wasn't about Francis Walsingham (the titular spy) per se, instead it was about the Babington Plot in 1586, Walsingham's role in that and the consequences for Mary Queen of Scots.
Last Saturday was clearly the best day to hold a study day - there were three different ones on that date that J & I between us found interesting. The one I chose to go to was organised by the Tyndale Society who are a group whose primary interest is in the life and works of William Tyndale (who translated the Bible into English in the early 16th Century). I'm not a member of the Society myself, I just spotted a poster advertising the study day a few weeks ago & signed up for it.
Henry & Anne: The Lovers that Changed History was a two part series on Channel 5 - I found out about it because it's presented by Suzannah Lipscomb who was one of the talking heads on the programme about The Last Days of Anne Boleyn that I liked so much last year (post). The first part covered the successful part of Henry VIII & Anne's relationship and the second part looked at the unravelling of that relationship.