Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Black Tudors: The Untold Story


This online course explored the little-known history of Africans in Tudor and early Stuart England, providing learners with opportunities to examine evidence from the past, and challenge preconceptions of Black history. Led by historian Dr. Miranda Kaufmann, participants learned how to analyse historical documents, investigate archives and take part in debate, as they examined this often forgotten but vitally important period of Black history in England before the era of colonial enslavement.

6 weeks, 4 hours per week

Dr. Miranda Kaufmann



Learning outcomes

  • Investigate prior assumptions and preconceptions in narratives of the past informed by historical evidence in relation to Black History
  • Debate historical and contemporary issues in Black History informed by your reading of the book 'Black Tudors: The Untold Story' by Dr. Miranda Kaufmann
  • Evaluate text based and visual historical sources and manuscripts in order to provide sound interpretations of the past based on historical evidence
  • Explore historical archival material and develop your skills in searching, evaluating, interpreting and critical analysis of historical primary and secondary sources
  • Reflect on the lives of Black historical figures from the Tudor and early Stuart period inspired by historian Dr. Miranda Kaufmann’s narratives and your own interpretation of historical sources
  • Apply a variety of interpretations from different historians, learn to think about how the topic fits into the larger subject of Black History and begin to enter the debate, formulating your own analysis based on evidence


  • Who were the Black Tudors and what can they tell us about Black history, identity, and freedom?
  • How can their stories challenge preconceived narratives of Black history and in particular the later history of colonial enslavement?
  • What were the personal stories of Africans in sixteenth and early seventeenth-century England?
  • How can we use archival research methods to reconstruct the stories of Africans in Tudor and early Stuart England, and challenge preconceived assumptions?

Issued on 16th September 2021

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Free online course:

Black Tudors: The Untold Story