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Belle: The True Story of Dido Belle电子书

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作       者:Paula Byrne

出  版  社:William Collins

出版时间:2014-04-01

字       数:27.8万

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The inspiration behind the powerful new film starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson, this is the story of Dido Belle, whose adoption by an aristocratic family challenged the conventions of 18th century England. In one of the most famous portraits in the world, a pretty girl walks through the grounds of Kenwood House, a vision of aristocratic refinement. But the eye is drawn to the beautiful woman on her right. Pointing at her own cheek, she playfully acknowledges her remarkable position in eighteenth-century society. For Dido Belle was the illegitimate, mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy captain and a slave woman, adopted by the Earl of Mansfield. As Lord Chief Justice of England he would preside over the notorious Zong case – the drowning of 142 slaves by an unscrupulous shipping company. His ruling provided the legal underpinning to the abolition of slavery in Britain. From the privileged yet unequal lives of Dido and her cousin Elizabeth, to the horrific treatment of African slaves, Paula Byrne – the bestselling author of ‘The Real Jane Austen’ – vividly narrates the story of a family that defied convention, the legal trial that exposed the cruelties of slavery and the woman who challenged notions of race at the highest rank.
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Title Page

Dedication

Contents

List of Illustrations

1 The Girl in the Picture

2 The Captain

3 The Slave

4 The White Stuff

5 ‘Silver-Tongued Murray’

6 The Adopted Daughters

7 Black London

8 Mansfield the Moderniser

9 Enter Granville Sharp

10 The Somerset Ruling

11 The Merchant of Liverpool

12 A Riot in Bloomsbury

13 A Visitor from Boston

14 The Zong Massacre

15 Gregson v Gilbert

16 Changes at Kenwood

17 The Anti-Saccharites

18 Mrs John Davinier

Appendix: Jane Austen’s Mansfield Connection

Acknowledgements

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Also by Paula Byrne

About the Author

Copyright

About the Publisher

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