Gannibal : The Moor of Petersburg

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When Major-General Gannibal died in 1781 in his eighties, he could look back on a long and successful life. He was the godson of Peter the Great, the Empress Elizabeth had given him nobility, thousands of acres, villages of serfs. His French education and a natural gift for mathematics had led him to fame as a fireworks expert and the building of a string of fortifications from the Arctic Circle to China. As a husband he was a provincial Bluebeard but his descendants would include the great poet Pushkin and a bevy of British aristocrats. Yet Abram Petrovich Gannibal had been born in very different circumstances. He was a black African, perhaps from Ethiopia, perhaps from modern Chad, sold as a child into slavery. In a brilliant biography Hugh Barnes who has tracked Gannibal's footsteps across three continents restores an extraordinary life to more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 138 x 218 x 36mm | 498.96g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861973659
  • 9781861973658

About Hugh Barnes

HUGH BARNES was born in London in 1963 and educated at Oxford and Cambridge universities. He covered the war in Kosovo for the Financial Times, New Statesman and Independent on Sunday, and the war in Afghanistan for the Sunday Times. He also worked in Moscow for three years as a correspondent for Agence France Presse. He has published a novel, Special Effects (Faber & Faber, 1994), and is married with two more

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