Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice

Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice

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by Paula Byrne
     
 

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From acclaimed biographer Paula Byrne, the sensational true tale that inspired the major motion picture Belle (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.  

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From acclaimed biographer Paula Byrne, the sensational true tale that inspired the major motion picture Belle (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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062310781
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/29/2014
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
166,454
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Paula Byrne is the critically acclaimed author of five biographies, including Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice, The Real Jane Austen, and Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead. She lives in Oxford, England, with her husband, the academic and biographer Jonathan Bate.

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Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you would like to read a detailed account about the century before slavery was outlawed in Britain, this is the book for you. For that I would give it 4-5 stars.  However, the cover and also the title are misleading. Belle was not the central character, but Lord Mansfield, and many of his rulings on slavery that lead to the future abolition of slavery in Britain are the main topics.  Interesting, but if you are looking for a book that is centered on the life of a mulato women raised as the daughter in an aristocratic British household - with her points of view, any personal details of her life, incidents from her unusual situation, and any romance - this is not the book for you.  It is almost false advertising.
Elaine54 More than 1 year ago
Don't buy this book if you're hoping it is a written version of the movie.  It is mostly about slavery and the man who raised her.  I am greatly disappointed.  I did not want to buy a book about the English slave trade.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a story but a history lesson. Informative but very dry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not at all what i expected. I thought it was going to tell the story of Belle, but it was like reading a history book! Boring!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting a book about her life and struggles. The book was more about her Uncle than it was her. Some interesting history though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mostly historical facts and dates. No story line or character development.
Doreenz More than 1 year ago
This Book vivid character portrayal makes you feel present throughout the story. Sorrowful times told of slavery and those brave soles that fought for its abolishment. Lives built and lost based on using people as chattel thereby: creating a lifestyle built on the backs of others. Belle was a blessing born in terrible times.
RCCnLA More than 1 year ago
Bought this as a primer for the movie, which I still have not seen. Got enough background on the history of the abolition of slavery from England, but not enough details on the life of the Belle. Suspect the movie will be more interesting but now appreciate it will be up to the screenwriter to fill in details as he/she imagines them to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not about her life, but rather her uncle and the lead to slavery abolishin in England.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is B&N search function such a piece of c- - p! I have to got hrough 50 pages of garbage to finally get to the point I need to. Why can't they just have a option to go to the page you want to. Plus, when I search for classics, I find modern works in the search as well. Come on, B&N, you can do better!
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She followed her* Want to watch...The Fault In Our Stars?
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He walked in.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Savannah is a cusin . And a bff . I love her