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Black Lives in the English Archives, 1500 1677: Imprints of the Invisible

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Containing an urgently needed archival database of historical evidence, this volume includes both a consolidated presentation of the documentary records of black people in Tudor and Stuart England, and an interpretive narrative that confirms and significantly extends the insights of current theoretical excursus on race in early modern England. Here for the first time ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published January 28th 2008 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2007)
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Miranda Kaufmann
Dec 01, 2012 Miranda Kaufmann rated it it was ok
My review, first published in the Times Literary Supplement:

‘Traces of Shame? Imtiaz Habib: BLACK LIVES IN THE ENGLISH ARCHIVES, 1500-1677’ Review, TLS, 8 August 2008, p. 26.

On the 6th June 1588, 'Isabell a blackamore' was buried at St. Olave, Hart Street in London. On the 16th October 1616, 'George, a blackmore' married Marie Smith at All Saints Church in Staplehurst, Kent. On 7th September 1665, Samuel Pepys recorded in his diary that over dinner with banker Sir Robert Viner, he was shown 'a
Neale Sourna
Jul 14, 2016 Neale Sourna rated it really liked it
Fantastic information but LOTS of stats. But worth it with the placing visibly by the records of diaries, governmental, and business (sailing) journals the blacks of Africa, blacks of India, and Indians of the Americas back into the history of England. Making those made invisible VISIBLE. And I now have a total disgust for Sir Francis Drake and his sailors and the truth of "Pocahontas" and her "husband" and more.

It is wrong or little, what you think you know about dark-skinned people in Britain-
Aug 27, 2016 Jbondandrews rated it liked it
While I found this book to be interesting, the foot notes were very long and it could have been more along the lines of Rozina Visram's Asians in Britain 400 Years of History.
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