The Tudor period remains a source of timeless fascination, with
endless novels, TV programmes and films depicting the period in myriad ways.
And yet our image of the Tudor era remains overwhelmingly white. This
ground-breaking and provocative new book seeks to redress the balance:
revealing not only how black presence in Tudor England was far greater than has
previously been recognised, but that Tudor conceptions of race were far more
complex than we have been led to believe.
Onyeka Nubia's original
research shows that Tudors from many walks of life regularly interacted with
people of African descent, both at home and abroad, revealing a genuine
pragmatism towards race and acceptance of difference. Nubia also rejects the
influence of the 'Curse of Ham' myth on Tudor thinking, persuasively arguing that
many of the ideas associated with modern racism are in fact relatively recent
Other Countrymen is a bravura and eloquent forgotten history of diversity
and cultural exchange, and casts a new light on our own attitudes towards race.