The Sunburnt Queen



The Sunburnt QueenIn The Late 1730s, An Unknown East Indiaman Smashed To Pieces On The Reefs Of Lambasi Bay On South Africa S Wild Coast Next Morning, The Local Inhabitants Stumbled Upon Bessie, A Seven Year Old English Girl Huddled Beside A Rock On The Beach.She Was Not The First To Be Shipwrecked On These Treacherous Shores Many Before Her Had Starved To Death, Or Been Killed Or Cannibalised Some Walked Hundreds Of Miles To Trading Posts But These Locals Chose To Take Bessie Home And Bring Her Up As One Of Their Own She Grew To Be A Woman Of Legendary Beauty And Wisdom, Eventually Becoming The Great Wife Of A Prince So Began The Enduring Legacy Of A Dynasty That Extends To Many Of Today S Xhosa Royal Families.Using The Oral Histories Of The Tribes, And Written Accounts By Early Missionaries And Traders Who Met Bessie S Grandchildren, Hazel Crampton Traces The Story Of Bessie And Her Descendants Throughout The Turbulent History Of The Eastern Cape Until The Present Day.Hazel Crampton Is An Artist She Lives In Cape Town, Where She Is Working On Her Second Book.

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The Sunburnt Queen
  • Hazel Crampton
  • English
  • 27 May 2018
  • 086356545X

10 thoughts on “The Sunburnt Queen

  1. Jayne Bauling says:

    Someone decided the selling point for this book should be Bessie, the imagination capturing, possibly English or Scottish castaway child who became the Great Wife of an amaMpondo prince.So she s the hook, but essentially this history is an intriguing look into our South African gene pool It recalls the many shipwreck survivors washed up on South Africa s treacherous Wild Coast free men, women and children, servants, slaves and ships crews Like Bessie, many made a life among the various loca Someone decided the selling point for this book should be Bessie, the imagination capturing, possibly English or Scottish castaway child who became the Great Wife of an amaMpondo prince.So she s the hook, but essentially this history is an intriguing look into our South African gene pool It recalls the many shipwreck survivors washed up on South Africa s treacherous Wild Coast free men, women and children, servants, slaves and ships crews Like Bessie, many made a life among the various local tribes, some attaining great political clout.In this scrupulously researched book, we also get to meet runaway Cape slaves and noted polygamists such as Coenraad de Buys, Henry Francis Fynn, members of the King family, and the Bassons, all of whom contributed their seed to the wonderful mix.Additionally, this book serves as a reminder of some of the horrors of our past the Mfecane and its devastation, the Nongcawuse prompted Cattle Killing and subsequent great Disappointments with their appalling consequences, and the harm done to African culture by bigoted, ignorant missionaries and the blindness, brutality and arrogance of both Boer and Brit, including the genocide of the San by the Boers Too, it s a fascinating and educational exposition on African culture in the 1700 1800s, much of it lost.It s good for us to remind ourselves of these thing

  2. Robin says:

    I finally decided to put the book down unfinished I wanted to like it but I just couldn t I am not completely sure what the book is about and that is after reading half of the book It sort of is about The Sunburnt Queen , but not really It is sort of about shipwrecks and survivors, but not really It is sort of about the Wild Coast and those who live there but not really There are lots of possibilities for many interesting stories that could have been told, but none of them were Not rea I finally decided to put the book down unfinished I wanted to like it but I just couldn t I am not completely sure what the book is about and that is after reading half of the book It sort of is about The Sunburnt Queen , but not really It is sort of about shipwrecks and survivors, but not really It is sort of about the Wild Coast and those who live there but not really There are lots of possibilities for many interesting stories that could have been told, but none of them were Not really

  3. Jrohde says:

    perhaps the best written piece on South African history that i have encountered fascinating, and a wonderful insight into the character of the Xhosa people and how this shipwrecked girl was taken in an is ancestor to an entire segment of the modern Xhosa tribe farreadable than the Mostert history which I guess is the definitive one of this subject.

  4. Phillipa says:

    I loved this book Okay so it is not an easy read, like a fictional book would be It was quite hard going in some places, and because of our trip, I ended up reading it in two halves.Still, it is completely fascinating I m not sure if it would be for a non South African tho But for me, I adored the history I d highly recommend it if you re interested You ll definitely be surprised

  5. Skye says:

    I love this book and am sad to have finished it It tells the story of an 18th century castaway, Bessie, against the backdrop of South African political history Although the structure is at times disjointed and challenging to follow, the research is fascinating and rigorous.

  6. Heather Sadie says:

    Great book on the history of South Africa and the tribes in the transkei.

  7. Cecilia Belgraver says:

    Boring I could not make progress and abandoned it I don t like to do that but the book simply did not draw me in There is just too too much detail.I so badly wanted to like the book.The hook hooked me but the hook slipped out and I swam away from the book.

  8. Gordon Wells says:

    Despite some eye rolly progressive shibboleths, a detailed account of castaways on the wild coast and early colonial SA history

  9. Devlin says:

    Absolutely fabulous read So well researched and so well documented, with masterful storytelling this is how we should all learn history I will read and read again Highly recommended.

  10. Andrew Otis says:

    A fascinating story but so confusingly written I couldn t make heads or tails of it.

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