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The Stolen Prince: Gannibal, Adopted Son of Peter the Great, Great-Grandfather of Alexander Pushkin, and Europe's First Black Intellectual

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In the spring of 1703, a young African boy stepped off a slave ship in Constantinople, the gateway between East and West. Huddling in chains, with other frightened captives, the seven-year-old claimed to be a prince of Abyssinia, a "noble Moor" kidnapped and stolen out of Africa. His tragedy was shared by millions of black people caught up in the Islamic slave trade, but ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 30th 2006 by Ecco (first published August 4th 2005)
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James
Oct 04, 2012 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Fame by association is hardly the stuff of dreams. History is peppered with the fleetingly famous who have scrambled into the chronicle of time merely by dint of their connection to people in high places. For some — Stalin’s daughter, Carter’s brother, Thatcher’s son — relative fame comes at a high price. Their flaws are magnified and their failings written in the sky. For others obscurity beckons, but for all of them, in life and in death, they must forever exist in someone else's shadow – and ...more
Diane
Jun 13, 2016 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating. Hugh Barnes tries to separate the fairytale from the historical truth about the life of one of the most famous European Black intellectual and noblemen. His story is colourful and dramatic enough, it needs not be embellished.

Gannibal was a 7 or 8 years old Black slave offered to Peter the Great who won the tsar's admiration by his brilliance. The tsar took him under his protection and "adopted" him as a godson. A brilliant intellectual, he excelled at mathematics, architecture and
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Autumn
Jul 10, 2013 Autumn rated it it was ok
Fascinating topic, horribly written. Repetitive, tenuous, and dull. Needs to be edited for clarity. As the reviewer below notes, it is hard to tell where fact and speculation lay; the author does not always do a good job explaining where a fact comes from, and a lot of the conjecture feels off somehow. Also, no ones cares about your time in the archives, please stick to the story.
Filip
Oct 04, 2012 Filip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fascinating life of Pushkin's great-grandfather, who was abducted as a slave from southern Sudan, and ended up as a general in Russia. It is not always clear where non-fiction ends and speculative narrative commences, and the story sometimes feels a bit clunky as a result.
Kennedy Godette
Sep 01, 2007 Kennedy Godette rated it liked it
The life of this black man in Russia during the 1700's is absolutely fascinating. It is equally fasinating to realize that due to impressive marriages by his descendants, today some of them are first cousins to Charles, HRH Prince of Wales.
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