Beyond "Bridgerton": Haiti and the Regency Era’s Real Black Monarchy with Paul Clammer

Beyond "Bridgerton": Haiti and the Regency Era’s Real Black Monarchy with Paul Clammer


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This seminar introduces the forgotten splendors of the Kingdom of Haiti that rose out of the ashes of the Haitian Revolution and made a diplomatic splash in the world of Regency England – a story of a real Black monarchy only teased at by the success of the Netflix drama Bridgerton.

The Netflix smash series Bridgerton has won plaudits for the way its color-conscious casting sought to give a twenty-first-century twist on Regency England. But few viewers may realize that at the time there really was a Black monarchy that sought relations with the royal court in London: the Kingdom of Haiti.

Haiti became the first free Black nation in the Western Hemisphere in 1804, following the world's most successful slave rebellion. In 1811, one of the leaders of that revolution, the formerly enslaved Henry Christophe, named himself 'first crowned monarch of the New World' in a lavish coronation.

The Kingdom of Haiti worked with English abolitionists and admirals while seeing off the jealous intrigues of France. Its printing presses were put to work defending Haitian independence in a world of imperial slavery, while at home King Henry brought education and smallpox vaccination to his new nation. Although his rule was ultimately short-lived, his legacy can still be seen today in the mountaintop Citadelle fortress and the ruins of his Sans Souci Palace, Haiti's only World Heritage sights.

Led by an expert on Haiti, guidebook author, and biographer of Henry Christophe, Paul Clammer, this seminar reveals the rich but overlooked story of the Kingdom of Haiti. Participants will come away with an increased understanding of Haiti's unique history, providing new insights into one of the most fascinating countries in the Caribbean.

Paul Clammer is a travel writer and the author of more than 40 guidebooks for Lonely Planet. He first visited Morocco in 1994, and has been a regular visitor every since, working there as a tour guide and as co-writer on five editions of LP's guidebook to the country. More recently, he has lived in the medina in Fez, where his partner is` restoring a centuries-old traditional Moroccan townhouse.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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