In 1728, 12-year-old James Annesley was snatched from the streets of Dublin and sold into slavery in America. He was the victim of a wicked uncle hell-bent on stealing his massive inheritance. Dan Cruickshank traces James’s astonishing journey from the top table of 18th-century society to its murky depths. The story, which helped inspire Robert Louis Stevenson’s book Kidnapped, reveals some disturbing home truths that cast a shadow over the century of the Enlightenment.
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