Black Tudors Book Tour
I'll be giving the following talks related to Black Tudors: The Untold Story, in the following places in autumn 2019. Catch me now, as in 2020 I'll be taking a break from public lecturing to focus on getting my next book written!
Click on the links below to find details of the events, timings and how to book.
BLACK TUDORS: THE UNTOLD STORY talks:
Thursday 19th September ReadFest, Barking and Dagenham's Literary Festival
Saturday 21st September Northop History Day, North Wales
Friday 4th October Warwick Words
Thursday 17th October Gresham College, London
Dr Kaufmann tells the intriguing tales of three Africans living in Tudor England – Jacques Francis, a diver employed by Henry VIII to recover guns from the wreck of the Mary Rose; Mary Fillis, a Moroccan woman baptized in Elizabethan London; and Edward Swarthye, a porter who whipped a fellow servant at their master's Gloucestershire manor house.
Their stories illuminate key issues: – how did they come to England? What were their lives like? How were they treated by the church and the law? Most importantly: were they free?
BEFORE 1619: FREE AFRICANS IN TUDOR AND STUART ENGLAND BEFORE THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICANS talks:
Friday 25th October BBC History Weekend, Chester
Friday 15th November Historical Association,Reading Branch
While African American histories usually begin with the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia 400 years ago, in August 1619, there had by that time already been Africans living freely in England for more than one hundred years. Just five months previously, a free African sailor, John Anthony of Dover, had set out for Virginia aboard the Silver Falcon. The ship only made it as far as Bermuda, but a few months later, John Anthony successfully petitioned for his wages, and was paid with interest to compensate for the delay. His experience, and that of over 300 Africans Dr Kaufmann has identified living in England between 1500 and 1640, provide a fascinating contrast to the well- established (and yet still contested) narrative of the African experience and legal status in Colonial Virginia. In this talk, Dr Kaufmann explores the lives of these Black Tudors and Stuarts; how they came to England, what occupations and relationships they found there and how they were treated by its church, its law courts and its people.
JOHN BLANKE PROJECT EVENT:
Friday 29th November The Queen's House, Greenwich
I'll be speaking at the latest John Blanke Project symposium, giving an insight into the Black Tudor trumpeter's life, before a series of artists, poets and musicians present their creative responses to his story.