A Personal commentary on Fredericus Svane Africanus' autobiography
The Theologian Slave Trader explores the life of Fredericus
Petersen, a mulatto adopted in 1710 by a Danish Lutheran Priest at
Christiansborg Fort in what is now Ghana and who was subsequently
brought back to Denmark as a teenager. The Danish king, no less,
Frederik IV, was his godfather. Fredericus Petersen wrote a
compelling autobiography which for many years has been largerly
ignored. In The Theologian Slave Trader, Dr Christiana Oware
Knudsen, herself a Ghanaian who for 50 years has lived in Denmark,
brings this autobiography, The General Declaration, to life and
contemporary relevance by contextualising Africanus' experience
within a personal commentary on her personal family history in
Ghana. Dr Knudsen approaches this historical material with the
lively and engaging approach of an African story-teller,
interweaving historical facts with family legends and documented
impressions of the period. In so doing, she also poses a number of
challenging contemporary questions about aspects of our
understanding of slavery and inter-cultural relations.
Pneuma Springs Publishing
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