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 Black Legacies. Race and the European Middle Ages

In “Black Legacies: Race and the European Middle Ages,” Lynn T. Ramey challenges the prevailing notion that the Middle Ages were a racially homogeneous period, devoid of racial tensions and conflicts. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including literature, art, and historical records, Ramey uncovers the complex and often overlooked experiences of black people in medieval Europe.

Ramey begins by examining the origins of racial thinking in the Middle Ages, tracing its roots to the classical period and the emergence of Christian theology. She highlights how early Christian thinkers, such as Saint Augustine, shaped the perception of blackness as a symbol of sin and degradation, perpetuating negative stereotypes that would persist for centuries.

Moving beyond the theoretical framework, Ramey delves into the lived experiences of black individuals in medieval Europe. She reveals the presence of black people in various roles, from slaves and servants to knights and nobles. Ramey demonstrates that blackness was not only associated with servitude but also with power and privilege, challenging the simplistic narrative of black people as solely victims of oppression.

Through a careful analysis of literary works, Ramey explores the representation of blackness in medieval literature. She examines the portrayal of black characters in epic poems, romances, and religious texts, shedding light on the ways in which these representations reflect and shape societal attitudes towards race..

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