It’s Time to Talk About Black Tudors

An excellent article on new research that is changing the way we view history. Let’s hope it also changes the way we represent it.

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by  Rowena Mondiwa

'Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England' by Onyeka Nubia ‘Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England’ by Onyeka Nubia

A criminally neglected part of British history is the true scope of the African diaspora in Britain that reaches as far back as Renaissance Europe. A new book by Onyeka Nubia seeks to rectify the problem, examining the lives of the thousands of blacks that lived in the UK in Tudor times. In Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, Onyeka Nubia shares research conducted in uncovering early evidence of Black existence in the United Kingdom, and proves that black presence was evident a lot earlier than is usually assumed. Nubia’s research focuses on the Tudor era (1485- 1603), specifically looking at the four English cities of London, Plymouth, Bristol and Barnstable.

This is not the first book published about African presence in England. Black Lives in the English Archives by Imtiaz Habib (2008) and Gustav Ungerer’s The Mediterranean…

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