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Black Tudors, The Untold Story

Black Tudors, The Untold Story


Black Tudors

The Untold Story

Miranda Kaufmann


A transformative history – in Tudor times there were Africans living and working in Britain, and they were free


‘That rare thing: a book about the 16th century that said something new.’

Evening Standard, Books of the Year

A book of the year for the Evening Standard and the Observer

A surprising, shocking window on a perennially popular period of history: Kaufmann has uncovered previously unknown evidence of over 360 Africans living in Britain between 1500 and 1640

A book for our age: from Black Lives Matter to the spectre of immigration that hung over Brexit, race remains at the forefront of international discussion


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.


About the Author

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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