***Shortlisted for the 2018 Wolfson History Prize***
In his book, Black and British, historian David Olusoga decries the absence of Black people in his history lessons growing up. If his book seeks to remedy that absence over a couple of millennia, Miranda Kaufmann’s book, Black Tudors, looks at one period in particular, Tudor England. This is the era before the slave trade got going in Britain, and the pseudo-scientific theories of race of the Victorian era cast their long shadow. As she writes, “Tudors were far more likely to judge a new acquaintance by his or her religion and social class than by where they were born or the colour of their skin, though these categories did on occasion intersect.” The book is a series of portraits of individuals, so is quite easy to dip in and out of.
Books for Black History Month