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25 October 2014 @ 07:16 pm
things to keep an eye out for  
Miranda Kaufmann, whose articles I've linked to a couple of times, has a book called Black Tudors coming out in 2016:

Unlike Imtiaz Habib's book (Black Lives in the English Archives 1500-1677: Imprints of the Invisible), which I found interesting (and helpful when I was doing some research for a professor into some Hollar engravings), this book sounds like it's going to be organized, at least in part, around the specific individuals that Kaufmann has found evidence about. So that's exciting!

And a related link that's still being updated:
The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section - Black and Asian Entries

(from the site: People of African and Asian origin have lived in Britain for at least two thousand years but this aspect of our heritage has been largely forgotten. Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section has launched a project to find Black and Asian Londoners in the records we hold. We invite all our readers to participate and let us know their findings, either in our reading room or by e-mail. So far we have found 550 entries, the earliest in 1573/4 and the latest in 1939.)

I feel like there's an entire novel in one of the earliest entries:

St Botolph Bishopsgate: 25 September 1586, baptism of ‘Elizabeth, a negro child, born white, the mother a negro’ (GL Ms 4515/1) (underlining mine)

But then, I feel that way about a lot of these entries. I may be particularly partial to this one, in part because I love St Andrew Undershaft (I kind of decided once that a character of mine used to go to church there…):

St Andrew Undershaft: 2 February 1688/9, baptism of ‘Grace Man a Blackmore daughter of Peter Man and Mary his wife’ (GL Ms 4107/2 f.136v)
the cold genius: martha is awesome by brontideangevin2 on October 26th, 2014 12:11 am (UTC)
Don't newborns of all races have less pigmentation? I can imagine that being really startling to people in Elizabethan London.

That looks like a super cool book, at any rate. :D (And I have read as far as the second entry in the Guildhall link and now I am sad)
tempestsarekind: martha londontempestsarekind on October 26th, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
I bet it would have been a shock!

The second Guildhall entry does reach quite a level of concentrated awfulness, yes. But I am excited about Miranda Kaufmann's book, even if I do have to wait until 2016...

Edited at 2014-10-26 01:05 am (UTC)