Belle : The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice by Paula Byrne
9780062310774 From acclaimed biographer Paula Byrne, the sensational true tale that inspired the major motion pictureÂ BelleÂ (May 2014) starring Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, Penelope Wilton, and Matthew Goodeâ€”a stunning story of the first mixed-race girl introduced to high society England and raised as a lady. Â The illegitimate daughter of a captain in the Royal Navy and an enslaved African woman, Dido Belle was sentÂ to live with her great-uncle, the Earl of Mansfield, one of the most powerful men of the time and a leading opponent of slavery. Growing up in his lavish estate, Dido was raised as a sister and companion to her white cousin, Elizabeth.Â When a joint portrait of the girls, commissioned by Mansfield, was unveiled, eighteenth-century England was shocked to see a black woman and white woman depicted as equals. Inspired by the painting,Â BelleÂ vividly brings to life this extraordinary woman caught between two worlds, and illuminates theÂ great civil rights question of her age: the fight to end slavery. BelleÂ includes 20 pages of black-and-white photos.