Black faces of Tudor England

From the court musician who persuaded Henry VIII to give him a handsome pay rise, to the family man who profited from high society’s passion for silk stockings, Miranda Kaufmann profiles six Africans who called England home in the 16th and 17th centuries

John Blanke. (Illustration: Rose Wilkinson for BBC History Magazine)

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