1000-1500 English

What were Black experiences in Europe like before the arrival of the transatlantic slave trade? How did medieval Europeans view the continent of Africa? Where did the Black St. Maurice and the Black Magus come from, and why have they persisted into the present? Discover the travels and lives of Africans in German-speaking Europe as they interacted with painters, writers, emperors, and priests. Often labeled as “Moors,” many Black figures stood at the intersection between religion (Islam and Christianity) and culture. Coming from “exotic” lands full of riches and the promises of new alliances, the Moor in the European imagination symbolized the ambitions of Christian universalism and the expansion of European empires.

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Black Saintly Figures

Queen of Sheba

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  1. Hi Kacie,
    Thanks very much for the feedback and for your attention to our work. In these posts, we’re certainly not trying to explain away their presence, but, quite the opposite, trying to draw attention to a presence that is not widely known, to show the broader significance of this presence.


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