Shakespeare’s other countrymen

Shakespeare’s other countrymen

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Shakespeare’s other countrymen: ‘Blackamoore wenches’ and Barbary African ‘king children’ in Tudor England

A talk and Q & A session by historian, Onyeka

Current research shows that there was a notable population of African people living and working in Tudor England, providing skills and trades. The Tudor era, a period that is widely celebrated in theatre, contains a vast resource of history concerning politics, war, exploration and fashion. However, what is often lacking from representations from this period, particularly depictions of Shakespeare’s work, is the diversity of ethnicities residing in England.

Join the historian Onyeka, author of Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, their Presence, Status and Origins, as he examines Shakespeare’s other countrymen and the significance of their story in Tudor England.

This event has been organised by Barnet Libraries in conjunction with Cityread London 2017 and Narrative Eye. For more information, and to find out about the full programmes of Tudor-themed events during April, visit Cityread and Barnet Libraries online. Visit www.narrative-eye.org.uk for more information about their educational programme.