1000-1500

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.


Culture

 


Politics


Black Saintly Figures

Queen of Sheba

Saint Maurice

Black Magus


Travel and contact


 

2 thoughts on “1000-1500

  1. Hello,

    Just came across your website via some casual Queen Sheba research and wanted to send word of my excitement that such a resource like this exists now. An absolutely fantastic use of the internet! Thank you all for putting this all together for public access. I’m excited to return and learn.

    Best,

    Pria

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Pria! We’re so happy that you’re finding the material engaging, and do feel free to share it with anyone who you think might also be interested. If you want to know more or have any questions, do send an email to me at j.bowersox@ucl.ac.uk and I’ll be happy to answer in any way I can.

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