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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 Goodea 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 sentto 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,Bellevividly brings to life this extraordinary woman caught between two worlds, and illuminates thegreat civil rights question of her age: the fight to end slavery.
Belleincludes 20 pages of black-and-white photos.