"The classic of African History -- a biography of Shaka Zulu, founder of the Zulu nation, born leader and brilliant general...E.A. Ritter grew up with the Zulus, earning their respect and accumulating a rich store of material during his long association with them. Shaka's life and deeds had been handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation, and they are here evoked with a sense of drama and an eye for detail." -- Back cover.
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When Lieutenant Farewell and H. F. Fynn called soon after his grandmother's
death to offer their condolences, Shaka raised the question of the possibility of
securing an elixir which would prolong life. His mother Nandi was then
Fynn's kraal was the farthest point south Shaka personally ever went. Here, with
Fynn, he stayed for the remainder of the campaign directing the two divisions into
which he divided the army. The first was commanded by his generalissimo ...
Fynn did not see the boys die but Zulu tradition says that when they brought the
order for their own execution to the grim old commander of the Belebele veteran
regiment his eyes streamed as he said, 'Ni ngama qawu' ('You are heroes - and ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nwdavies - LibraryThing
A fascinating book about a fascinating man and culture. I was left with the feeling that, had Shaka been living in, say, Europe and been white he would have been heaped with long lasting praise as an ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing
Originally written in 1955, I find this an excellent biography. Shaka began from a very low status position among his people and re-organized them into a very respectable, bronze or early Iron age ... Read full review
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