Not Everyone Knows by Ebun Culwin

Not Everyone Knows by Ebun Culwin


An imagined story in a little picture books about the young Black boy John Blanke, who grew up to be Henry VIII’s trumpeter.


Who is John Blanke?


John Blanke (also rendered Blancke or Blak) (fl. 1501–1511) was a Black musician in London in the early 16th century.

He probably came to England as one of the African attendants of Catherine of Aragon in 1501. He is one of the earliest recorded black people in England after the Roman period.


His name may be a reference to his skin colour, derived either from the word "black" or from the French word "blanc", meaning white.