Book tilte: Of Warriors, Lovers and Prophets. Unusual stories from South Africa's past
Author: Max du Preez
Cape Town, South Africa 2004
Softcover, 17x23 cm, 288 pages, some bw-photos
This is South African history as you’ve never seen it before: a fresh, lively, accessible book recounting fascinating, quirky and unexpected stories about our past. Drawing from seven years of historical research, Max du Preez has collected the richest and most extraordinary tales that he found.
There’s the story of the Khoikhoi chief who was kidnapped and taken to England in 1610. And of King Moshoeshoe’s mercy towards the cannibals who had eaten his beloved grandfather, because killing them would defile his grandfather’s grave.
There’s the story of Boer War general Christiaan de Wet and his brother Piet, who joined the British forces and fought his own people. The stories span the centuries, up to recent times, and take in the variety of South Africa’s regions and cultures. The result is a fascinating mosaic of our rich historical heritage.
There are plenty of academic histories of South Africa, but this is a book that the general reader will enjoy, and it will appeal to tourists too. It’s researched with an investigative journalist’s thoroughness, and written in the easy, accessible style that has made Max du Preez’s writing so popular. Fascinating vignettes become accessible facts spanning hundreds of years and delivered almost in oral tradition. Don't bunk this history lesson.