The Sunburnt Queen by Hazel Crampton
ISBN: 9781919931929 / 1919931929 - The Sunburnt Queen by Hazel Crampton. Published by Jacana Media, 2011. Softcover Used, Good condition. 375 pp.
A seven-year-old English girl, washed up on the Wild Coast in about 1736, is adopted by the amaMpondo, grows up to become a woman of surpassing beauty, marries the chief of the clan and becomes an ancestor of many of the Xhosa royal families in the nineteenth century. It sounds like the stuff of romance, but this is verified, documented fact.
If there is a message to be gleaned from the story of Bessie it is this: South Africans are far more alike than we are different, and we all have so much more to gain by emphasizing our similarities rather than our differences, and by cherishing our common heritage.
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