"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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On top of the nine - foot - high clay mound , which was the Royal dais overlooking
the parade ground , Shaka seated his mother Nandi , on the rolled - up rush mats
. On her right was his sister Nomcoba , and on her left Nomzintlanga , his half ...
In the van came the Royal cattle all marshalled according to colour into separate
herds . Behind the cattle came the army , headed by Shaka and his headmen ,
and , finally , the maidens ' regiments . For two miles in front of the Royal kraal the
The concubines , who had no status beyond that of being jealously guarded royal
property , and no huts for their individual use , were invariably summoned to the
chief ' s hut , singly or in parties . They were later given in marriage to deserving ...
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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
Zululand and the Zulus in the late Eighteenth Century
Birth and Exile
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