Belle: The Slave Daughter And The Lord Chief Justice

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Belle: The Slave Daughter And The Lord Chief Justice

by Paula Byrne

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. | April 29, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Belle: The Slave Daughter And The Lord Chief Justice is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.

The sensational tale 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 raised by her great-uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, one of the most powerful men of the time and a leading opponent of slavery. When the portrait he commissioned of his two wards, Dido and her white cousin, Elizabeth, 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.

The feature film Belle is produced by Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, The History Boys, Welcome to Sarajevo), written by Misan Sagay, and directed by Amma Asante, and stars the extraordinary Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido Belle, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Tom Felton, Matthew Goode, and Emily Watson.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 in

Published: April 29, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062310771

ISBN - 13: 9780062310774

Found in: Social Science

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Belle I found the history of belle quite fascinating but dry reading in some parts especially the political and legal dealing of lord Mansfield court .
Date published: 2014-06-19

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Belle: The Slave Daughter And The Lord Chief Justice

Belle: The Slave Daughter And The Lord Chief Justice

by Paula Byrne

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 in

Published: April 29, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062310771

ISBN - 13: 9780062310774

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The sensational tale 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 raised by her great-uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, one of the most powerful men of the time and a leading opponent of slavery. When the portrait he commissioned of his two wards, Dido and her white cousin, Elizabeth, 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.

The feature film Belle is produced by Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, The History Boys, Welcome to Sarajevo), written by Misan Sagay, and directed by Amma Asante, and stars the extraordinary Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Dido Belle, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Reid, Miranda Richardson, Penelope Wilton, Tom Felton, Matthew Goode, and Emily Watson.

About the Author

Paula Byrne is the author of the acclaimed biographiesMad World: Evelyn WaughandThe Secrets of BridesheadandThe Real Jane Austen. She lives in Oxford with her husband, Jonathan Bate.

Editorial Reviews

“Byrne brings to this brief history an eye for telling details of daily life, slaveholders’ unthinkable cruelty, and the fervent work of a few good men and women who changed their world.”