According to Black Dutch researcher and author of the book Belle van Zuylen’s Forgotten Grandmother, Egmond Codfried, there was Black nobility in Europe — later squashed for obvious reasons. His claims are controversial and widely not accepted by European historians. But Codfried is undeterred. He has systematically studied hundreds of paintings of famous and less famous European nobility. He regularly stumbled upon people who possessed Black or African features and linked their lineage to Black people, much to the chagrin of those who do not appreciate his perspectives.