This is a highly original exploration of the black african presence in renaissance europe 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 . This book might come as a surprise for non specialists since black africans are identified with slave trade to the americas while the renaissance is regarded as a purely european phenomenon centred on a largely homogeneous ethnicity. Although the vast majority of black africans in renaissance europe were slaves it was perfectly possible for sub saharan africans not to be slaves in fifteenth and sixteenth century europe and significant exceptions to the rule were african ambassadors and ethiopian pilgrims who benefited from ethiopian churches and communities at nicosia . This book first published in 2005 opens up the much neglected area of the black african presence in western europe during the renaissance covering history literature art history and anthropology it investigates a whole range of black african experience and representation across renaissance europe from various types of slavery to black musicians and dancers from real and symbolic . Black africans in renaissance europe originally a blog detailing the ramblings of an ou art undergraduate in search of a subject for and execution of 4500 word essay now with occasional additions as other blacks are discovered
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