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Title Belle [electronic resource] : the slave daughter and the Lord Chief Justice / Paula Byrne.
Author Byrne, Paula.
Publication New York, NY : Harper Perennial, 2014.
Edition First U.S. edition.
Description 1 online resource.
text file
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Summary From acclaimed biographer Paula Byrne, the sensational true tale that inspired the major motion pictureBelle (May 2014) starring Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, Penelope Wilton, and Matthew Goode'a stunning story of the first mixed-race girl introduced to high society England and raised as a lady. The illegitimate daughter of a captain in the Royal Navy and an enslaved African woman, Dido Belle was sent to live with her great-uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, one of the most powerful men of the time and a leading opponent of slavery. Growing up in his lavish estate, Dido was raised as a sister and companion to her white cousin, Elizabeth. When a joint portrait of the girls, commissioned by Mansfield, was unveiled, eighteenth-century England was shocked to see a black woman and white woman depicted as equals. Inspired by the painting, Belle vividly brings to life this extraordinary woman caught between two worlds, and illuminates the great civil rights question of her age: the fight to end slavery. Belle includes 20 pages of black-and-white photos.
Contents The Girl in the Picture -- The Captain -- The Slave -- The White Stuff -- "Silver-Tongued Murray" -- The Adopted Daughters -- Black London -- Mansfield the Moderniser -- Enter Granville Sharp -- The Somerset Ruling -- The Merchant of Liverpool -- A Riot in Bloomsbury -- A Visitor from Boston -- The Zong Massacre -- Gregson v. Gilbert -- Changes at Kenwood -- The Anti-Saccharites -- Mrs. John Davinier -- Appendix: Jane Austen's Mansfield Connection.
Note Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed April 14, 2014).
Subject BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Women.
Belle, Dido Elizabeth, 1761-1804.
Racially mixed people -- England -- Biography.
Slaves -- England -- Biography.
Illegitimate children -- England -- Biography.
Mansfield, William Murray, Earl of, 1705-1793.
Mansfield, William Murray, Earl of, 1705-1793 -- Family.
Nobility -- England -- Biography.
Antislavery movements -- England -- History -- 18th century.
England -- Race relations -- History -- 18th century.
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc.
ISBN 9780062310781 (electronic bk.)
006231078X (electronic bk.)

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