Characters of Color in Historical Fiction

This list is for books where there are major characters of colour in a medieval or pre-20th century setting, preferably with characters being in — or travelling to — a setting that is not their homeland, for example a person of african descent in Elizabethan England.

Preferably no books based on slavery in the Americas unless America is not the main setting.
Secondary characters may be added if they are a prominent presence in the book.

If it is a series, unless the character appears in later books, only add the first book of the series.

Please add notes referring to character status (main or secondary), setting/time period, and if you wish, race.
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