Black Tudors: The Untold Story

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Oneworld Publications, Oct 5, 2017 - History - 384 pages

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.


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Though the narrative gets lost in the weeds of Tudor history at times, this is a revealing piece in a body of work questioning assumptions on race in England. By focusing on ten Africans known to live ... Read full review

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This book is insanely well-researched. The notes and bibliography run about a hundred pages--and it's only a selected bibliography! Unfortunately, despite all of the research Kaufmann did, there just ... Read full review


John Blanke the Trumpeter
Jacques Francis the Salvage Diver
Diego the Circumnavigator
Edward Swarthye the Porter
Reasonable Blackman the Silk Weaver
Mary Fillis the Moroccan Convert
Dederi Jaquoah the Prince of River Cestos
Anne Cobbie the Tawny Moor with Soft Skin
Cattelena of Almondsbury Independent
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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. 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 Pontblyddyn in North Wales.

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