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Kate Lowe, Jean Michel Massing, Jeremy Lawrance, Anu Korhonen, Jorge Fonseca, Paul H. D. Kaplan, Annemarie Jordan, Lorenz Seelig, Sergio Tognetti, Debra Blumenthal, Aurelia Martín Casares, Didier Lahon, Nelson H. Minnich, John K. Brackett, Baltasar Fra-Molinero, T. F. Earle
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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521176606

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  • Leading experts from the disciplines of history, literature, art history and anthropology examine black African experiences and representations from slavery to black musicians and dancers, from real and symbolic Africans at court to the views of the Catholic Church, and from writers of African descent to Black African criminality. Their findings demonstrate the variety and complexity of black African life in fifteenth and sixteenth-century Europe, and how it was affected by Renaissance ideas and conditions.

    • The first study of black Africans in Renaissance Europe
    • Features contributions from experts in the fields of history, literature, art history and anthropology
    • Of great importance for the later history of slavery in the United States
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    • 2006 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book's complex picture of black life across Europe makes it an important read not only for Renaissance scholars, but for all scholars of the early Atlantic world...a valuable book...."
    - H-Atlantic, Catherine Molineux, Vanderbilt University

    "...the quality of the individual contributions is uniformly excellent. Each piece is carefully researched from both manuscript and printed sources, and each is an original contribution to scholarship...the works gathered together in this fine volume are likely to be cited and quoted for some time to come." - The International Journal of African Historical Studies John Thornton Boston University

    "This excellent volume is a striking testament to what can be achieved in uncovering the black presence in Western Europe and serves as a stirring inpiration for future work." - Philip Morgan, Princeton University

    "the volume offers an array of insights into a subject that has long deserved more attention than it has received." Renaissance Quarterly Liz Horodowich, New Mexico State University

    "the collection is valuable for the excellent essays it does provide and especially for the insights into attitudes toward Otherness, especially that racial biasses are the product of one's particular social and political situation, and the discourses that are constructed around them."Mary C. Olson, Tuskagee University, Sixteenth Century Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521176606
    • length: 436 pages
    • dimensions: 241 x 188 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.92kg
    • contains: 67 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the black African presence in Renaissance Europe Kate Lowe
    Part I. Conceptualising Black Africans:
    1. The stereotyping of black Africans in Renaissance Europe Kate Lowe
    2. The image of Africa and the iconography of lip-plated Africans in Pierre Desceliers's World Map of 1550 Jean Michel Massing
    3. Black Africans in Renaissance Spanish literature Jeremy Lawrance
    4. Washing the Ethiopian white: conceptualising black skin in Renaissance England Anu Korhonen
    5. Black Africans in Portugal during Cleynaerts's visit (1533–8) Jorge Fonseca
    Part II. Real and Symbolic Black Africans at Court:
    6. Isabella d'Este and black African women Paul H. D. Kaplan
    7. Images of empire: slaves in the Lisbon household and court of Catherine of Austria Annemarie Jordan
    8. Christoph Jamnitzer's 'Moor's Head': a late Renaissance drinking vessel Lorenz Seelig
    Part III. The Practicalities of Enslavement and Emancipation:
    9. The trade in black African slaves in fifteenth-century Florence Sergio Tognetti
    10. 'La Casa dels Negres': black African solidarity in late medieval Valencia Debra Blumenthal
    11. Free and freed black Africans in Granada in the time of the Spanish Renaissance Aurelia Martín Casares
    12. Black African slaves and freedmen in Portugal during the Renaissance: creating a new pattern of reality Didier Lahon
    13. The Catholic Church and the pastoral care of black Africans in Renaissance Italy Nelson H. Minnich
    Part IV. Black Africans with European Identities and Profiles:
    14. Race and rulership: Alessandro de' Medici, first Medici duke of Florence, 1529–37 John K. Brackett
    15. Juan Latino and his racial difference Baltasar Fra-Molinero
    16. Black Africans versus Jews: religious and racial tension in a Portuguese saint's play T. F. Earle

  • Editors

    T. F. Earle, University of Oxford
    T. F. Earle is King John II Professor of Portuguese Studies at the University of Oxford.

    K. J. P. Lowe, Queen Mary University of London
    K. J. P. Lowe is Professor of Renaissance History and Culture at Queen Mary, University of London.


    Kate Lowe, Jean Michel Massing, Jeremy Lawrance, Anu Korhonen, Jorge Fonseca, Paul H. D. Kaplan, Annemarie Jordan, Lorenz Seelig, Sergio Tognetti, Debra Blumenthal, Aurelia Martín Casares, Didier Lahon, Nelson H. Minnich, John K. Brackett, Baltasar Fra-Molinero, T. F. Earle


    • 2006 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

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