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John Blanke

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Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

John Blanke

Person  Male 

Categories: Music / songs, Race Issues

Trumpeter. He probably came to England as one of the African attendants of Catherine of Aragon in 1501, and is one of the earliest recorded black people in England after the Roman period. Wikipedia strangely says that his surname may be a reference to his skin colour, derived either from the word 'black' or from the French 'blanc' meaning white!

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Black trumpeter John Blanke musician at the courts of Henry VII & Henry V...

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