Black Tudors by Miranda Kaufmann

Black Tudors

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, mar...

Details Black Tudors

TitleBlack Tudors
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherONEWORLD Publications
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Historical, Race, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews Black Tudors

  • Petra Xcess
    There are 13 other reviews of this book, which isn't published yet, so all of us read freebies or arcs. Everyone else 4 or 5 starred it. 5 reviewers 'forgot' to mention it was a freebie which are provided in exchange for a review usually. I used to write to GR about this as it is a legal requirement in the US but generally GR didn't do anything at all and the reviewers continued blithely on not letting anyone know they got loads of books for free...
  • J.A. Ironside
    ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewI once heard a radio interview about a Dickens novel adapted for stage where the lead role was played by a black man. The interviewer suggested that this was an interesting choice considering the time period in which it was said. To which said black actor replied, with humour, that actually there was no reason why the character couldn't actually have been black considering how diverse 19th...
  • Nathen Amin
    Black Tudors by Dr Miranda Kaufmann is an ambitious book loaded with little-known Tudor trivia that has long been overdue in the study of 16th century England, and fortunately for the future of this little-explored topic, the result is a fascinating production of the utmost quality that takes a close look at ten individuals who could, quite accurately, be considered Black Tudors.There is a common-held belief that these British Isles were inhabite...
  • Leanda Lisle
    I will hold back, for now, on the Scottish trumpeteer who worked in international espionage, and the ecstatic user of a Tudor dildo, who ‘With Oh, and Oh.. itching moves her hips/And to and fro full lightly starts and skips ’. Suffice it to say that any fears that Kauffamn’s that Black Tudors may prove worthy, but dull, are unfounded. There is an assumption, Kaufmann believes, that all Africans in British history have been enslaved victims ...
  • The Irregular Reader
    It is said that history is written by the winners. While that is certainly true, the more insidious fact is that history is written by those who hold the pen. What this means in a practical sense is that those with little power, and little influence–whether or not they “won”–are often either diminished in the historical record or left out entirely. One of the great (or terrible) things about the emergence of the internet is that it has gi...
  • Jennybeast
    I have read several outstanding books about everyday Tudor lives recently, and I'm delighted to add this one to my bookshelf. Solid and exhaustive research that makes excellent arguments not only for the presence of Africans in the everyday Tudor landscape but also their status as free persons who were ordinary members of the community. I also particularly love that each chapter is devoted to a person of a different social standing, so in additio...
  • Irene Headley
    I am somewhat conflicted about this book. It was absolutely fascinating. The information was great, and I enjoyed a lot of the little details, especially the ones about the court records.HOWEVER.Firstly, once you get into the 1620s, I am not really sure you can call them 'Black Tudors'. Admittedly, 'Black Tudors and Early Stuarts' does not work as well.Secondly, some of her connections got a bit tenuous. My eyebrows raised a bit when she construc...
  • Sarah Wagner
    *I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*I had never really given much thought to Africans living in Tudor England, but I'm glad this book introduced me to a few of their incredibly varied lives. In addition to highlighting less prominent historical figures, this book teases out plenty of details which histories focused on politics often miss. I particularly liked the chapter on the divers who salvaged items from the sunken Mar...