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Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice | 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 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 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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Saw the movie & excited to read the book!

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The ever lovely @Captivatedbybooks spoiled me for #kingsandqueenswap ! I was on vacay so I'm so glad she waited to mail it. I love having my horizons broadened with the tagged book and am super excited for some of my TBR picks! See the next post of one of my favorite things ever...

Captivatedbybooks Im glad you liked everything. I wanna look for the movie of the tagged book now 2y
Captivatedbybooks I didnt see you had the red queen on your TBR on litsy (unless i overlooked it) but its one of my faves and im sooo upset the last book just came out! 2y
BethM @Captivatedbybooks I'm interested in the movie now too. You are correct Red Queen was not in my TBR but I knew you included it bc I remember you posting about you enjoying it so much :) 2y
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Two books on my #tbr pile. I have been so interested in Dido Belle ever since the movie Belle and I want to read about the amazing women in Hidden Figures #blackhistory #riotgrams

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LeahBergen I'm obviously not as greedy as you. I'll just have the 3rd row, please. 3y
sprainedbrain @LeahBergen I would like in on the third row, too! 😂 3y
raelaschoenherr @LeahBergen @sprainedbrain I'm willing to share if we can figure out a cloning situation 😉 3y
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raelaschoenherr This is via @janeaustenhumor on Instagram! 3y
Centique Look - as long as I get Laurie and Gilbert I won't fight about the rest 😂😂 3y
LisaJo If you feel like regifting.... 3y
Kimzey Shucks, I was so hoping Santa would be dropping off Rupert Penry-Jones at my house! 😉😂 3y
raelaschoenherr @Centique Those are some solid options. #priorities 3y
raelaschoenherr @LisaJo If this cloning thing works out, I'll let you know 😜 3y
raelaschoenherr @Kimzey You never know!!! 😉 3y
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