"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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Well then , let us give to the bereaved the reward which the departed warriors
would have received had they lived , and let us give a double measure , with both
hands , to take the taste of bitter aloes from the mouths of the sorrowing ones .
An elephant seldom received enough of the former to cause death , which would
be fairly quick , but more often succumbed to the latter , many days later , after an
acute attack of septicaemia . It was a form of hunting alien to the Zulu nature ...
E. A. Ritter. with presents of cattle selected from those that had been taken from
them . ' News of the Zulu advance towards the south had been received by the
British , and an account , grossly exaggerated , of their depredations in Kaffraria .
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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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