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Black Tudors: The Untold Story

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Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2018

A Book of the Year for the Evening Standard and the Observer

A black porter publicly whips a white Englishman in the hall of a Gloucestershire manor house. A Moroccan woman is baptised in a London church. Henry VIII dispatches a Mauritanian diver to salvage lost treasures from the Mary Rose. From long-forgotten records emerge the remarkable stories of Africans who lived free in Tudor England...

They were present at some of the defining moments of the age. They were christened, married and buried by the Church. They were paid wages like any other Tudors. The untold stories of the Black Tudors, dazzlingly brought to life by Kaufmann, will transform how we see this most intriguing period of history.

ISBN-13: 9781786073969

Media Type: Paperback(Reprint)

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

Publication Date: 11-13-2018

Pages: 384

Product Dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

Miranda Kaufmann is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of London’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies. Her first book, Black Tudors, was shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2018 and was A Book of the Year for the Evening Standard and the Observer. 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 North Wales.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 John Blanke, the Trumpeter 7

2 Jacques Francis, the Salvage Diver 32

3 Diego, the Circumnavigator 56

4 Edward Swarthye, the Porter 90

5 Reasonable Blackman, the Silk Weaver 113

6 Mary Fillis, the Moroccan Convert 134

7 Dederi Jaquoah, the Prince of River Cestos 169

8 John Anthony, Mariner of Dover 196

9 Anne Cobbie, the Tawny Moor with Soft Skin 219

10 Cattelena of Almondsbury, Independent Singlewoman 243

Conclusion 261

Author's Note 265

Acknowledgements 269

Bibliography 273

List of Illustrations 303

Notes to Text 307

Index 367