Black Tudors: The Untold Story

Black Tudors: The Untold Story

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 lo A black porter publicly whips a white English gentleman in a Gloucestershire manor house. A heavily pregnant African woma...

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Title:Black Tudors: The Untold Story
Author:Miranda Kaufmann
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  • Siria
    Apr 07, 2018
    For most people, Black British history beings with the Windrush. Miranda Kaufmann's book shows that it extends much further back into history?not just into the earlier twentieth century, or even into the nineteenth, but into the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. There was a small ...
  • Jennybeast
    Oct 09, 2017
    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...
  • Kate
    Jan 22, 2018
    ?Why? Because anyone who assumes that all Africans in British History have been powerless, enslaved victims must be challenged. The Black Tudors actively pursued their own interests and were free to do so.? Interesting history of Africans during the Tudor era, centered on ten pe...
  • Kevin
    Jan 26, 2018
    I really wanted to like this book. The topic sounds very interesting. However, the book was not as interesting. I used to teach high school English, and my students had to write a research paper every year. Often the students would pick a topic they were interested in and dive into ...
  • Lois
    Dec 27, 2017
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! What little info I'm able to cross check is valid. Perspective is white British but content is fascinating. ...
  • Petra X
    Nov 05, 2017
    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 leg...
  • Shomeret
    May 30, 2018
    This is a revelation. Tudor England was actually a place where Africans came to be free. Tudor England was so different because they had no economic motive for slavery. There were no plantations which at that time required slave labor. Colonies with plantation economies eventually brou...
  • Unwisely
    Jan 02, 2018
    Someone was telling me today that he likes history books, which I thought was a pretty silly statement- I like *interesting* history books, but there are certainly dull ones. I liked this book - engaging enough for me, on a topic I knew nothing about. (Not hard with history!) Autho...
  • Ashley
    Jul 23, 2017
    This book discusses the lives of black people in Tudor England, contradicting the assumption that they were not a part of English history at this time. The author attempts to tell the story of several individuals, and in so doing shed light on the variety of occupations and roles held ...
  • Jenny
    Aug 28, 2017
    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...
  • Andrew
    Nov 22, 2017
    "Black Tudors: The Untold Story" by Miranda Kaufmann does an excellent job of highlighting the African presence in Britain during Tudor times. With a few exceptions, we know little about their lives since just their names and ethnicity is all that has been recorded about them. But the ...
  • Sarah Wagner
    Oct 22, 2017
    *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...
  • Orsolya
    Mar 13, 2018
    One doesn?t generally associate Tudor-era England with individuals of African-descent. Surprisingly, Tudor England had a sufficient amount of Black residents/workers and there were not ?slaves? as usually envisioned. Miranda Kaufmann explores this riveting, fresh angle of English...
  • Rob Adey
    Oct 09, 2018
    This is really good scholarship and really accessibly written. For my tastes, there's a bit too much detail - I get this is what proper historians do, and some of the detail I really enjoyed, but with some of it I was thinking I didn't really need to know to get the point of the book. ...
  • Alison
    Mar 10, 2018
    This is an important book, showcasing crucial research, and it just so badly written that it obscures, rather than reveals what it has to say. There is a short and excellent epilogue at the end of the book, which includes a summary of Kaufmann's research. I would recommend reading it f...
  • Lulu
    May 16, 2018
    Great history lesson, but definitely not an untold story. Maybe a more accepted story now, but I know of at least 3 women who have been writing on this subject for years. Shout out to Francesca Royster, Joyce Green MacDonald, and Margo Hendricks. I would love for Netflix to work with t...
  • Margaret
    Aug 07, 2018
    A fascinating look at African's in Tudor England. There were more of them than you think. From Henry VII's trumpter, to a Westminster whore, the book is chock full of interesting tales about fairly ordinary people living ordinary lives... they just happened to be African in a time a...
  • Blair Hodgkinson
    Sep 20, 2018
    For me, this book was an eye-opener. The author often refers to misconceptions and preconceptions people have about Black Africans in Tudor and Stuart times, and I have to admit that I was guilty of this ignorance. Showing Black traders, sailors, divers, prostitutes, court trumpeters a...
  • J.A. Ironside
    Sep 11, 2017
    ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review I 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 ...
  • Faith
    Jun 06, 2018
    The author obviously did a lot of research, but most of what she included in this book has absolutely nothing to do with the purported subject of the book. It's as interesting as reading an inventory. I do not care how much a tournament cost. ...
  • K.J. Charles
    Oct 15, 2017
    What an extraordinary, revelatory book. The author has gone through the minutiae of parish registers and legal records to reconstruct the stories of Africans living in Tudor England, on the way revealing just how many there were. It's a staggering demonstration of how much history has ...
  • Leanda Lisle
    Nov 04, 2017
    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...
  • Dee Eisel
    Apr 08, 2018
    One of my pet peeves (and if it irritates me, I cannot imagine how people of color must feel!) is the whitewashing of Renaissance Europe. It?s very obvious that the people of Europe in the ancient times were familiar with the PoC around the Mediterranean. Even in the medieval period,...
  • The Irregular Reader
    Sep 05, 2017
    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??ar...
  • Nathen Amin
    Oct 05, 2017
    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 tha...
  • Carolyn Harris
    Feb 19, 2018
    Black Tudors: The Untold Story focuses on ten Africans who lived in Tudor and Stuart Britain, providing a social history of sixteenth and seventeenth England as cosmopolitan, maritime power where people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds lived, especially in seaside towns. My ...
  • G. Lawrence
    Nov 04, 2017
    A really fascinating study of the lives of ten men and women living in Tudor England. Challenges pre-conceptions that Tudor England was just a sea of white faces, or that any black person in England at the time were slaves, or were entirely powerless. This book demonstrates that Africa...
  • Irene Headley
    Nov 18, 2017
    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...
  • Cat
    Aug 05, 2017
    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 re...
  • Rhuddem Gwelin
    Oct 21, 2018
    A book based on a PhD thesis is not expected to be a 5* book. This was neverthless offered previously unknown insight into the lives of the several hundred African residents and their descendents in the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, where they lived, what work they did. who they marri...