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27 – 30 September

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Miranda Kaufmann – Black Tudors

September 30 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


People with black skins first came to England as slaves, right? Wrong. As Miranda Kaufmann recounts in Black Tudors: The Untold Story, black people were living and working at many levels of society during the 16th and 17th centuries.

A Book of the Year for the Evening Standard and The Observer and shortlisted for the 2018 Wolfson History Prize, Black Tudors follows the lives of ten citizens, including Jacques Francis, a diver who was among those hired to salvage guns from the wreck of the Mary Rose in 1546; Mary Fillis, a servant
and, later, seamstress who came to London from Morocco; and John Blanke, a court trumpeter who performed at Henry VII’s funeral and Henry VIII’s coronation.

A historian, journalist and raconteuse, Kaufmann is senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. She is a specialist in black British history: recent projects include setting up the ‘What’s Happening in Black British History’ series of workshops and the ‘Influential Black Londoners’ exhibition, both in London.

Oh, and she loves rugby: “Nothing beats the bursting pride of being selected to represent my university, of donning the dark blue shirt and running on to the pitch,” she has written. “Apart from the feeling of scoring a try. Or winning the match.”


September 30
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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White Horse Bookshop
136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom