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4.0 out of 5 stars
Fascinating history!, 6 Jun 2014
With the new film directed by Amma Asante just starting to trickle into cinemas, I picked this up from my local library to delve into the story that inspired the film. Paula Byrne charts the rise of William Murray, 1st Earl Mansfield and tells the incredible story of his adopted niece, Dido Elizabeth Belle using well detailed research and contemporary case studies to paint the picture of her little know life. The book also provides excellent background knowledge and context of the eighteenth century and abolition movement, which is something I wasn't too familiar with but found fascinating. An excellent read for anyone interested in eighteenth century social history...I enjoyed this very much!