Philm – Belle

“Belle” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw

If you enjoy Jane Austen era films, rent the movie “Belle,” which is out now on DVD. I loved it. The movie is based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle. She was the bi-racial daughter of an English aristocrat and a slave. A ruling on slavery by her uncle, Lord Mansfield, is credited with helping to bring about the eventual abolition of slavery in England. You can read an extensive and interesting history of Dido, and the time in which she lived, in Wikipedia.

Below is a painting of the real “Belle” and her cousin Elizabeth.

Dido_Elizabeth_Belle

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