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

Reviews Black Tudors

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jenny
    Thank you to Edelweiss and Ingram for allowing me to read the advanced reader copy.This is an interesting look at the lives of Africans in Tudor England. One normally doesn't think of non-whites being present. The author meanders at times, but generally, it's an interesting look at a Lillie known group of people.
  • Cat
    History buffs should enjoy this book. I never really gave much thought to blacks being in Europe before the 19th century. Not sure why exactly...I guess because they traveled with masters from the US and I remember some sued for freedom in some countries. Well, it was interesting to read about their lives in earlier centuries. It's leading me to look into the subject further.