|About the Book|
This, the second book in the Zulu Kings trilogy, records the Natal colonists’ desire for Zululand and the struggle of the Zulu kings to keep it.King Cetshwayo’s chances of becoming the nation builder he would like to be are doomed by Imperial policyMoreThis, the second book in the Zulu Kings trilogy, records the Natal colonists’ desire for Zululand and the struggle of the Zulu kings to keep it.King Cetshwayo’s chances of becoming the nation builder he would like to be are doomed by Imperial policy in Natal Colony.Bishop Colenso’s fights for justice for the Zulu are among the richest strands in his life and he stands proudly in the vanguard of a long line of activists in South Africa who have fought against racial injustice. Others who demand sterner fare can interest themselves in the worldwide church-science conflict of the 1860s in which Bishop Colenso becomes the focal point of the controversy.The part Major Anthony Durnford plays in the Langalibalele Rebellion is spellbinding in its readability. And for those who like romance, there is the burgeoning love affair between Durnford and Frances Ellen Colenso.When diamonds and gold are discovered, South Africa becomes newly important to Britain. Whatever the legal rights of the case, Sir Bartle Frere knows what to do: he will take this Aladdin place as booty that falls to the strongest. Soon the pathetically ill-matched Zulus find they must challenge the might of Victorian England.This narrative brings history to life with a wealth of detail about the clash between two societies with different customs and beliefs, powerfully evoking the mood of the times.Penny Howcroft (née Denoon-Stevens) was born in Umzinto, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She graduated from the University of Natal, was a teacher for fifteen years, a lecturer in Fine Arts at the University of South Africa, Pretoria, and an education journalist at The Star newspaper, Johannesburg. Thus, she views the land with the eye of an artist and the mind of an educator. Her love for the Zulu country and for the Zulu people reveals itself in every line of text.