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Gannibal : the moor of Petersburg, Hugh Barnes

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Gannibal : the moor of Petersburg
Title
Gannibal
Title remainder
the moor of Petersburg
Statement of responsibility
Hugh Barnes
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the spring of 1703 a young African boy stepped off a slave ship in Constantinople, the gateway between East and West. Huddling in chains, with other frightened captives, the seven-year-old claimed to be a prince of Abyssinia, a 'noble Moor' kidnapped and stolen out of Africa. His tragedy was shared by millions of black people caught up in the Islamic slave trade, but his destiny was unique, since Abram Petrovich Gannibal, as he became, was rescued by Peter the Great." "Russia's westernising tsar adopted the child and, in a bizarre nature-and-nurture experiment, lavished on him the best education available in the new 'European' capital of Saint Petersburg. The Negro of Peter the Great soared to dizzy heights as a soldier, diplomat, mathematician and spy. He was feted in glittering salons from the Winter Palace to the Louvre, where he met Voltaire and Montesquieu, who praised him as the 'dark star of Russia's enlightenment'. At the same time, his military exploits from northern Spain to the icy wastes of Siberia - to say nothing of his marital problems - sealed Gannibal's reputation as the Russian Othello." "Whether he was really an African prince or not, the ex-slave founded a dynasty of his own in Russia, where he came to embody the strengths and weaknesses of the country itself - volatile, courageous, handsome, gifted and always astonishing. His descendants included not only Alexander Pushkin, Russia's greatest poet, but also, in England, several Mountbattens and others close to the royal family." "Hugh Barnes combines historical scholarship with a literary imagination to investigate Gannibal's half-forgotten African background, perhaps in Ethiopia, perhaps in Chad, before unearthing lost documents and new clues that help to reconstruct the extraordinary life of the first black intellectual in Europe."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
BNB
Dewey number
947.06
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Gannibal : the moor of Petersburg, Hugh Barnes
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Gannibal : the moor of Petersburg, Hugh Barnes
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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7426957
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20cm.
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Extent
224 pages
Isbn
9781861973658
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Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) WAI89482
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  • (BNAtoc)B2641159

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