With ralph brown richard briers grahame fox jenny agutter the devastating consequences of the slave trade in 18th century bristol are explored through the powerful but impossible attraction of well born frances and her yoruban slave mehuru bristol in 1787 is booming from its stinking docks to its elegant new houses josiah cole warren clarke a small dockside trader is prepared to . A respectable trade the story of a series of unlikely events set in bristol toward the end of the 18th century follows this gregory formula and solidly delivers mehuru is a priest in the african kingdom of yoruba and is on a quest to save his country from the ravages of slavery when he is beset upon and captured by white slavers from england . A respectable trade is a 1995 historical novel by philippa gregory set in the bristol docks in 1787 gregory adapted her work into a four part tv miniseries which was broadcast by the bbc in 1998 and by the pbs in the united states in the fall of 1999 the series was partially filmed on site in bristol utilising the former house and now museum of plantation and slave owner john pinney. If your view of philippa gregory is of an english historical novelist with a romantic slant that is a fair description she has won the romantic novel of the year award among others but with a respectable trade published in 1992 she was aiming for something a little differentit is an historical novel about the slave trade in england and set in 18th century bristol. A respectable trade released 1995 a profoundly important book for me to write this book tells the story of the english slave trade the import of black people as slaves into england an almost totally forgotten history when i started research
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