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Black Tudors

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Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   10.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/14/2017

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Black Tudors

The Untold Story

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681687261
Digital Download ISBN:9781681687278

Summary

In Black Tudors Miranda Kaufmann reveals the absorbing stories of some of the Africans who lived free in Tudor England.

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A black porter publicly whips a white English gentleman in a Gloucestershire manor house. A heavily pregnant African woman is abandoned on an Indonesian island by Sir Francis Drake. A Mauritanian diver is despatched to salvage lost treasures from the Mary Rose . . . Miranda Kaufmann reveals the absorbing stories of some of the Africans who lived free in Tudor England.

From long-forgotten records, remarkable characters emerge. They were baptised, married, and buried by the Church of England. They were paid wages like any other Tudors. Their stories, brought viscerally to life by Kaufmann, provide unprecedented insights into how Africans came to be in Tudor England, what they did there and how they were treated. A ground-breaking, seminal work, Black Tudors challenges the accepted narrative that racial slavery was all but inevitable and forces us to re-examine the seventeenth century to determine what caused perceptions to change so radically.

Reviews/Praise

"Highly readable yet intensively researched... lively prose and fascinating microhistories, [BLACK TUDORS] should draw some well-deserved attention." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“This is history on the cutting edge of archival research, but accessibly written and alive with human details and warmth. Black Tudors is a critical book that allows us to better understand an era of our national past that fascinates us like no other.” —David Olusoga, author of Black and British: A Forgotten History

"An eminently readable book that offers contemporary readers valuable insights into racial relations of centuries past." —Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

Miranda Kaufmann is a senior research fellow at the University of London's Institute of Commonwealth Studies. She has appeared on Sky News, the BBC and Al Jazeera, and she's written for the Times, Guardian and BBC History Magazine. She lives in London.