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Another intriguing title and an opportunity to learn things about society, laws, and history that I knew virtually nothing about. Miranda Kaufmann has explored a variety of records from ships, taxes, churches, court cases, poetry, plays for the theater (think Shakespeare), and more. The research and stories will at least have some people rereading Shakespeare's works. People from other countries and continents were taken to London or British ports for many reasons--one of which was education prior to conversion and baptism to the church. Of course there is a good portion of the ships travels and pirates and trading in goods. Take a new look at how skin color was viewed during the Tudor period. I was surprised. It is a good book. The narrator is satisfactory but may be too quiet or even in tone in places. Really good topic!
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This book is a window into the common lives of ordinary africans living in Europe that have been hidden from the mainstream historical record due to a lack of interest or research on the part of many scholars. Historians need to further research the past on this topic as they would do a service to world culture. Thank you so much for the enlightenment
A really excellent book, hugely well-informed (the author has a doctorate from Oxford on the subject), and full of human interest. I listened to the whole thing in about two days.
Aside from its main subject matter, the book is also full of great little facts (e.g., the exact % of cows bequeather in wills, who are mentioned by name)
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