Africans in Tudor and Stuart Westminster lecture

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Tudors; Special events


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Photograph of Dr Miranda Kaufmann representing Africans in Tudor and Stuart Westminster lecture. Photo credit: Rose Collins
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Watch Dr Miranda Kaufmann, author of "Black Tudors: The Untold Story" (2017), discuss the presence of Africans in Tudor and early Stuart Westminster. She explores the life of John Blanke, and other Africans, using information that can be pieced together from the Westminster parish registers and records of court cases held in the Palace of Westminster. This talk was recorded specially for Westminster Abbey.

Download the accompanying teachers’ notes document, including a full transcript, information about the speaker and the event, plus a list of follow-up questions to spark further discussion. 

Extend this activity by watching this question and answer session featuring Dr Miranda Kaufmann.

This lecture was recorded ahead of the “Africans in Tudor and Stuart Westminster” online event on 6th October 2021. Please note that all opinions are of the individual speaking and do not represent the views of Westminster Abbey.

Photo credit: Rose Collins

Themes covered in this resource are aligned to:


  • England 1485–1558: the Early Tudors
  • England 1547–1603: the Later Tudors
  • The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–1660


  • The Tudors: England, 1485-1603
  • Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702


  • England, 1509–1603: authority, nation and religion
  • Britain, 1625–1701: conflict, revolution and settlement