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 dispatched 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 baptized, 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 17th century to determine what caused perceptions to change so radically.
©2017 Miranda Kaufmann (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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By Stephen on 20-11-17

Fascinating and beautifully written

A really excellent book, hugely well-informed (the author has a doctorate from Oxford on the subject), and full of human interest. I listened to the whole thing in about two days.

Aside from its main subject matter, the book is also full of great little facts (e.g., the exact % of cows bequeather in wills, who are mentioned by name)

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By deb on 27-11-17

Appropriate Title!

Another intriguing title and an opportunity to learn things about society, laws, and history that I knew virtually nothing about. Miranda Kaufmann has explored a variety of records from ships, taxes, churches, court cases, poetry, plays for the theater (think Shakespeare), and more. The research and stories will at least have some people rereading Shakespeare's works. People from other countries and continents were taken to London or British ports for many reasons--one of which was education prior to conversion and baptism to the church. Of course there is a good portion of the ships travels and pirates and trading in goods. Take a new look at how skin color was viewed during the Tudor period. I was surprised. It is a good book. The narrator is satisfactory but may be too quiet or even in tone in places. Really good topic!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-12-17

The Black Tudors are no longer hidden in the vaults of history

This book is a window into the common lives of ordinary africans living in Europe that have been hidden from the mainstream historical record due to a lack of interest or research on the part of many scholars. Historians need to further research the past on this topic as they would do a service to world culture. Thank you so much for the enlightenment

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