The Forgotten Slave Trade
Introductory Price: £15.99
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books
Author: Simon Webb
Buy from Pen & Sword Books for £15.99
Everybody knows about the transatlantic slave trade, which saw black Africans snatched from their homes, taken across the Atlantic Ocean and then sold into slavery. However, a century before Britain became involved in this terrible business, whole villages and towns in England, Ireland, Italy, Spain and other European countries were being depopulated by slavers, who transported the men, women and children to Africa where they were sold to the highest bidder. This is the forgotten slave trade; one which saw over a million Christians forced into captivity in the Muslim world.
Starting with the practice of slavery in the ancient world, Simon Webb traces the history of slavery in Europe, showing that the numbers involved were vast and that the victims were often treated far more cruelly than black slaves in America and the Caribbean. Castration, used very occasionally against black slaves taken across the Atlantic, was routinely carried out on an industrial scale on European boys who were exported to Africa and the Middle East. Most people are aware that the English city of Bristol was a major centre for the transatlantic slave trade in the eighteenth century, but hardly anyone knows that 1,000 years earlier it had been an important staging-post for the transfer of English slaves to Africa.
Reading this book will forever change how you view the slave trade and show that many commonly held beliefs about this controversial subject are almost wholly inaccurate and mistaken.
Of further interest...
Author spotlight - Robert Southworth (Spartacus)Fri 23rd November
Historical fiction author Robert Southworth discusses the inspiration behind his debut novel, Spartacus - Talons of an Empire, one of the first releases under the new Claymore Press historical fiction imprint. Read article...
95th Rifles 1812 to the PyreneesThu 25th February
Tim Saunders of Battlefield History TV argues that Britain's part in the Peninsular War is a classic example of this strategy at work. Read article...
Operation Torch 70 Years On - An Anniversary to Connect the GenerationsTue 6th November
Bryn Evans, author of With the East Surreys in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy 1942-1945: Fighting for Every River and Mountain, describes the Surreys' involvement in Operation Torch, 70 years on. Read article...
With the East Surreys in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy 1942-45Wed 4th July
Bryn Evans, author of a forthcoming book on the East Surrey Regiment and Operation Torch, writes about the connection with the the East Surrey Regiment and Osama Bin Laden. Read article...