Greg Jenner is joined by historian Prof Olivette Otele and comedian Sophie Duker in 18th century France to meet the Chevalier de Saint-Georges. Born the son of a slave and a white plantation owner, he lived a remarkable life in France, becoming a master fencer, violin virtuoso, composer, confident of Marie Antoinette and a revolutionary. He is regarded as one of the most significant composers of the 18th century and Mozart is widely regarded to have had major beef with him. So why is his story mostly unknown?
Produced by Cornelius Mendez
Script by Greg Jenner and Emma Nagouse
Research by Lloyd Roberts
A production by The Athletic for BBC Radio 4.
Published on Friday, 19th March 2021.
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