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Black Tudors

Black Tudors has become a phenomenon in the History teaching community since its publication in 2017. We have worked closely with author Miranda Kaufmann, the University of Oxford’s Jason Todd and a team of teachers from across the UK to produce five different enquiries that incorporate Miranda’s scholarship.
Black Tudors

The five enquiries

Short on time in KS3? Choose one of our single-lesson enquiries. Looking for greater depth? Use one of our multi-lesson enquiries. We want every pupil to have a chance to meet this diverse and enthralling cast of characters.

Choose your enquiry

  • What should go in a documentary about the Tudors?

  • What do we know about Black Tudors?

  • How can Black Tudors help us to understand how historians construct the past?

  • What does the evidence left behind tell us about African people living in Tudor England?

  • Why was the world expanding for the Tudors and the Stuarts?

  • 4 lessons
  • Key skill: The second order concept of significance


Resources included:

  • Lesson presentations
  • Lesson worksheets
  • Scheme of work
  • Curriculum rationale

Writing Black Tudors

Listen to Miranda Kaufman in conversation with Jason Todd, as they discuss the process of writing the book.
Writing Black Tudors

Further reading

Download a bibliography with suggestions for additional resources and reading.


Evidence and sources

Hear Miranda talk in more detail about the evidence and sources that she used to write Black Tudors.
Evidence and sources

Meet the Authors!

Dr. Miranda Kaufmann is the author of the Wolfson History Prize and Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize shortlisted book Black Tudors: The Untold Story (2017). She read History at Christ Church, Oxford and is now an Honorary Fellow of the University of Liverpool, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Society of Arts, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she co-convenes the 'What's Happening in Black British History?' workshop series. She is currently working on her second book, Heiresses: The Caribbean Marriage Trade, taking her work into schools with her Teaching Black Tudors project and to the world with her new Black Tudors: The Untold Story course with FutureLearn. www.mirandakaufmann.com

Jason Todd is subject lead for the History PGCE programme at the University of Oxford Department of Education. He obtained his first degree in Cultural Studies from University of East London, followed by a MA in History Education from the Institute of Education. He completed a PGCE in Social Studies at Goldsmiths in 1992. He has worked in a variety of London Schools, including middle management and a senior management role in a Special Needs school. In 1999 he was awarded AST status with specialism in History Education and Inclusion. Since joining the Department of Education in 2010 he has undertaken work related to inclusion and diversity, In 2019 he co-authored the TIDE-Runnymede report 'Teaching Migration, Belonging and Empire in Secondary schools'. His current projects include TRACTION 'Teaching Race, Belonging, Empire and Migration', a pioneering platform of training, resources, and community network that this year won the vice chancellors Innovation & Engagement Award. He has just begun a 3-year research project that will illuminate our understanding of how the histories of empire, migration and belonging are encountered by young people in England and how teachers approach these topics in their classrooms.

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