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Land Of My Ancestors - An Epic South African Story, Based On True Events (Paperback): Botlhale Tema Land Of My Ancestors - An Epic South African Story, Based On True Events (Paperback)
Botlhale Tema
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

When working on the UNESCO Slave Route project in the early 2000s, Botlhale Tema discovered the extraordinary fact that her highly educated family from the farm Welgeval in the Pilanesberg had originated with two young men who had been child slaves in the midnineteenth century. She pieced together the fragments of information from relatives and members of the community, and scoured the archives to produce this book.

Land Of My Ancestors, previously published as The People Of Welgeval, tells the story of the two young men and their descendants, as they build a life for themselves on Welgeval. As they raise their families and take in people who have been dispossessed, we follow the births, deaths, adventures and joys of the farm’s inhabitants in their struggle to build a new community.

Set against the backdrop of slavery, colonialism, the Anglo-Boer War and the rise of apartheid, this is a fascinating and insightful retelling of history. It is an inspiring story about friendship and family, landownership and learning, and about how people transform themselves from victims to victors.

A new prologue and epilogue give more historical context to the narrative and tell the story of the land claim involving the farm, which happened after the book’s original publication.

The Eight Zulu Kings - From Shaka To Goodwill Zwelethini (Paperback): John Laband The Eight Zulu Kings - From Shaka To Goodwill Zwelethini (Paperback)
John Laband
R275 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R55 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In The Eight Zulu Kings, well-respected and widely published historian John Laband examines the reigns of the eight Zulu kings from 1816 to the present.

Starting with King Shaka, the renowned founder of the Zulu kingdom, he charts the lives of the kings Dingane, Mpande, Cetshwayo, Dinuzulu, Solomon and Cyprian, to today’s King Goodwill Zwelithini whose role is little more than ceremonial.

In the course of this investigation Laband places the Zulu monarchy in the context of African kingship and tracks and analyses the trajectory of the Zulu kings from independent and powerful pre-colonial African rulers to largely powerless traditionalist figures in post-apartheid South Africa.

Koning Eenoog - 'n Migranteverhaal (Afrikaans, Paperback): Toef Jaeger Koning Eenoog - 'n Migranteverhaal (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Toef Jaeger; Translated by Zandra Bezuidenhout
R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1957 emigreer die negejarige Henk van Woerden vanaf Nederland met sy gesin na Kaapstad – leertas in die hand, mussie oor die ore, serp om die nek, glasoog in die oogkas. Eers veertig jaar later ontdek hy wat die rede was vir hierdie vertrek na Suid-Afrika: Sy pa was ’n kollaborateur in die Tweede Wêreldoorlog. Die emigrasie is die begin van ’n lewe as buitestaander en vorm later die goue draad in sy skilderye en literêre werk.

Koning Eenoog is ’n boeiende biografie van die ewig soekende emigrant Henk van Woerden (1947–2005), ’n skrywer wat nie net ’n bekroonde oeuvre agtergelaat het nie (Een mond vol glas – Alan Paton Award en die Frans Kellendonk-prys, Ultramarijn – Gouden Uil en Inktaap) maar ook die Nederlandse literatuur oor Suid-Afrika verander het.

Afrikaner Odyssey - The Life And Times Of The Reitz Family (Paperback): Martin Meredith Afrikaner Odyssey - The Life And Times Of The Reitz Family (Paperback)
Martin Meredith 4
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In the first half of the nineteenth century, Southern Africa was a jumble of British colonies, Boer republics and African chiefdoms, a troublesome region of little interest to the outside world. Into this frontier world came the Reitz family, Afrikaner gentry from the Cape, who settled in Bloemfontein and played a key role in the building of the Orange Free State.

Frank Reitz, successively chief justice and modernising president of the young republic, went on to serve as State Secretary of the Transvaal Republic. In 1899, he stood shoulder to shoulder with President Paul Kruger to resist Britain’s war of conquest in Southern Africa. At the heart of this tale is the extraordinary life of Deneys Reitz, third son of Frank Reitz and Bianca Thesen. The young Reitz’s account of his adventures in the field during the Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902), published as Commando, became a classic of irregular warfare. After a period of exile in Madagascar, he went on become one of South Africa’s most distinguished lawyers, statesmen and soldiers. Martin Meredith interweaves Reitz’s experiences, taken from his unpublished notebooks, with the wider story of Britain’s brutal suppression of Boer resistance.

Concise and readable, Afrikaner Odyssey is a wide-ranging portrait of an aristocratic Afrikaner family whose achievements run like fine thread through these turbulent times, and whose presence is still marked on the South African landscape.

Slagtersnek En Sy Mense (Afrikaans, Paperback): J.A. Heese Slagtersnek En Sy Mense (Afrikaans, Paperback)
J.A. Heese
R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Slagtersnek is een van die bekendste name in ons geskiedenis. Met sy grusame assosiasie was dit ‘n magtige propagandamiddel in die politieke ontwikkeling van die Afrikaner. Juis hierdeur het dit egter al gou ‘n volksmite geword waarna herondersoek dringend noodsaaklik geword het. Dit is wat dr. Heese in hierdie boek doen.

Deur deeglike navorsing van die voor- en nageslag van almal wat daarby betrokke was, vorm hy ‘n helder beeld van wat werklik plaasgevind het. Hy toon oortuigend aan dat die Slagtersnek-opstand verkeerd vertolk is. Daar is helde gesien waar geen helde was nie, en dit was juis die bekampers van die opstandelinge, asook die neutrales, wat later die Afrikaner volksbewussyn tydens die Groot Trek bevorder het.

Heese skilder talle kleurryke figure: die bywoners, die ryk patriarge, die sukkelende swerwers, die dwarstrekkers, skoolmeesters en nie-blanke bediendes. Met hierdie boek word ‘n belangrike en oorspronklike bydrae tot ons geskiedenis gemaak.

Provenance Research in Book History - A Handbook (Hardcover, New edition): David Pearson Provenance Research in Book History - A Handbook (Hardcover, New edition)
David Pearson
R1,540 R1,407 Discovery Miles 14 070 Save R133 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since this handbook was first published in 1994, interest in the book as a material object, and in the ways in which books have been owned, read and used, has burgeoned. Now established as a standard reference work, this book has been revised and expanded with a new set of over 200 colour illustrations, updated bibliographies and extended international coverage of libraries and online resources. It covers the history and understanding of inscriptions, bookplates, ink and binding stamps, mottoes and heraldry, and describes how to identify owners and track down books from particular collections via library and sale catalogues. Each section features an evaluated bibliography listing further sources, both online and in print. Illustrated examples of the many kinds of ownership evidence which can be found in books are also shown throughout. Relevant to anyone seeking to identify previous owners of books, or trace private libraries, this title will also support the work of all book historians interested in the history of reading or the use of books and in the book as a material object. An essential handbook for anyone working in provenance research.

'n Skerfie Glas - Elke Familie het 'n Storie (Afrikaans, Paperback): Erika Murray-Theron 'n Skerfie Glas - Elke Familie het 'n Storie (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Erika Murray-Theron
R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Die skrywer Erika Murray-Theron wou weet waar die vroue in haar familie vandaan kom. Wat kry ’n mens van wie? Waar kom alles wat jý is vandaan? Hoe is die vroue in haar familie se lewe geraak deur trauma en groot wêreldgebeurtenisse waaroor hulle geen beheer gehad het nie? Theron se ouma Issie is op 3 Mei 1885 gebore; 133 jaar gelede. In hierdie verhaalbiografie gaan soek Theron in ou kookboeke, aantekeninge, foto’s, herinneringe, albums, briewe en geslagsregisters na haar ouma Issie se storie. ’n Lewe ontvou wat geraak is deur die verlies van ouers, die Anglo-Boereoorlog, die Rebellie van 1914 en daarna die energie wat dit verg om ’n groot huisgesin te behartig. ’n Skerfie glas wys hoe die verlede, selfs die verre verlede, spore op latere geslagte laat.

Die Groot Afrikaanse Heldeboek (Afrikaans, Hardcover, 2nd Hers Uitg ed.): Pieter W. Grobbelaar Die Groot Afrikaanse Heldeboek (Afrikaans, Hardcover, 2nd Hers Uitg ed.)
Pieter W. Grobbelaar
R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 In stock

Hierdie bekende kultuurhistorikus se heldeboek bevat gunstelingverhale oor onder andere bekende helde soos Racheltjie de Beer, Shaka, Dirkie Uys, Wolraad Woltemade en Klara Majola. Dit is ’n hele paar jaar dat Grobbelaar al skrywende met die mense van sy land die heldepad loop – al die mense van sy land, omdat hy met opset nie net die heldedade van sy volk beskryf nie. Hy het helde en heldedade op verskillende maniere benader: soms van buite, soms van binne, soms deur die oe van ’n buitestander.

Coats of Arms (Paperback, UK ed.): Andrew Stewart Jamieson Coats of Arms (Paperback, UK ed.)
Andrew Stewart Jamieson
R168 R127 Discovery Miles 1 270 Save R41 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What are the origins of heraldry? How do you 'read' coats of arms? And who can use them? From the dawn of civilization, people have used symbols to explain and identify themselves and their beliefs, a system called heraldry. This beautiful, colourful guide presents the essence of this vast, complicated and romantic subject. Andrew Jamieson's inspirational artwork brings the fascinating history of heraldry to life in this classic Pitkin guide. Written for the visitor to the UK and all those with a love of history and tradition. The guide covers the origins of heraldry, explains the language of coats of arms and focuses on famous examples such as the Royal Arms, the Lions of Scotland and the Church of England heraldry accompanied by charming illustrations and colour photographs of historical artefacts. Look out for more Pitkin Guides on the very best of British history, heritage and travel.

Voortrekkerstamouers 1835?1845 (Afrikaans, Hardcover, 2nd edition): Jan C. Visagie Voortrekkerstamouers 1835–1845 (Afrikaans, Hardcover, 2nd edition)
Jan C. Visagie
R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Voortrekkerstamouers 1835–1845 is die eerste keer in 2000 gepubliseer. Dié tweede, hersiende uitgawe is aangevul met 214 nuwe stamouers. Dit bring die aantal mense wat die Groot Trek meegemaak het, op 23 000 te staan, in plaas van die oorspronklik geskatte 20 000.

Wat hierdie databasis van Voortrekkers nog meer besonders maak, is die versameling uiters skaars foto’s en portrette wat aangebied word.

In hierdie fotokabinet kan ongeveer 150 afbeeldings van Voortrekkers gesien word.

The Royal Line of Succession (Paperback): Dulcie Ashdown The Royal Line of Succession (Paperback)
Dulcie Ashdown
R168 R126 Discovery Miles 1 260 Save R42 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The best-selling illustrated guide to the British Monarchy and the succession process, updated and redesigned for 2018. Queen Elizabeth II is descended from King Egbert through 12 centuries of monarchs. Showcasing all the family trees, from the Anglo-Saxons to the Windsors, this useful guidebook explains the fascinating process on how power transferred from one monarch to the next. Look out for more Pitkin Guides on the very best of British history, heritage and travel.

How to Argue with a Racist - What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say about Human Difference (Hardcover): Adam Rutherford How to Argue with a Racist - What Our Genes Do (and Don't) Say about Human Difference (Hardcover)
Adam Rutherford
R511 R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Habsburgs - To Rule the World (Hardcover): Martyn Rady The Habsburgs - To Rule the World (Hardcover)
Martyn Rady; Read by Simon Bowie
R756 R595 Discovery Miles 5 950 Save R161 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Flags of the Night Sky - When Astronomy Meets National Pride (Paperback, 2014 ed.): Andre G. Bordeleau Flags of the Night Sky - When Astronomy Meets National Pride (Paperback, 2014 ed.)
Andre G. Bordeleau
R847 R687 Discovery Miles 6 870 Save R160 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Many national flags display astronomical features - Sun, Moon, stars - but are they really based on existing astronomical objects? The United States flag sports 50 stars, one for each state, however none of them are linked to real stars. Further, the lunar crescent is often shaped like the Sun being eclipsed by the Moon. At times, stars are seen right next to the crescent, where the darkened disc of the moon should be! This book will present true astronomical objects and patterns highlighted on national flags and link informative capsules about these objects to the political reasons why they were chosen to adorn such an important symbol.

The Soong Dynasty (Paperback): Sterling Seagrave The Soong Dynasty (Paperback)
Sterling Seagrave
R455 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R83 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

An inside account of the Soong family, whose wealth and power have dominated China and U.S.-Asia policy in the 20th century.

Scotland of Old - Clans Map of Scotland (Sheet map, folded, New edition): Collins Maps Scotland of Old - Clans Map of Scotland (Sheet map, folded, New edition)
Collins Maps 1
R143 R111 Discovery Miles 1 110 Save R32 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Collins Scotland of Old Clans Map is a unique pictorial map showing the ancient territories of the principal Scottish clans in the 17th century, and features Don Pottinger's (Islay Herald of Arms) distinctive and original artwork of Scottish arms and crest badges. The map includes: * Over 170 arms, the official insignia of clan chiefs, and crest badges * Territories map of principal clans at the beginning of the 17th century * Arms of the ancient Scottish principalities * Locations of the ancient territories held by the clans around the time of King James VI The map is ideal for those those with an interest in Scottish heraldry, clans and family history. Did you know that Scotland is one of the few countries in the world where a court of heraldry and genealogy operates on a daily basis? The map is based on the map originally conceived and illustrated by the late Sir Iain Moncreiffe of that Ilk, Bart., C.V.O., Q.C., Ph.D., Albany Herald of Arms, and the late Don Pottinger, C.V.O., M.A., D.A., Islay Herald of Arms. Discover the other titles in the series, including Collins Tartans Map of Scotland, Castles Map of Scotland and Whisky Map of Scotland.

Aboard the Fabre Line to Providence - Immigration to Rhode Island (Paperback): Patrick T. Conley, William J Jennings Aboard the Fabre Line to Providence - Immigration to Rhode Island (Paperback)
Patrick T. Conley, William J Jennings
R471 R383 Discovery Miles 3 830 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In an era when immigration was at its peak, the Fabre Line offered the only transatlantic route to southern New England. One of its most important ports was in Providence, Rhode Island. Nearly eighty-four thousand immigrants were admitted to the country between the years 1911 and 1934. Almost one in nine of these individuals elected to settle in Rhode Island after landing in Providence, amounting to around eleven thousand new residents. Most of these immigrants were from Portugal and Italy, and the Fabre Line kept up a brisk and successful business. However, both the line and the families hoping for a new life faced major obstacles in the form of World War I, the immigration restriction laws of the 1920s, and the Great Depression. Join authors Patrick T. Conley and William J. Jennings Jr. as they chronicle the history of the Fabre Line and its role in bringing new residents to the Ocean State.

Family Treasures - 15 Lessons, Tips, and Tricks for Discovering Your Family History (Paperback): Barry J. Ewell Family Treasures - 15 Lessons, Tips, and Tricks for Discovering Your Family History (Paperback)
Barry J. Ewell
R597 R479 Discovery Miles 4 790 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In this invaluable guidebook, popular speaker and devoted researcher Barry Ewell provides a map to all the treasures awaiting you on your personal genealogy journey. Discover effective and efficient research skills, learn to use modern technology to find and preserve your past, and best of all find out how to break through genealogical brick walls as you uncover the precious clues to your family's past.

They Came - Hunziger-Hornecker-Fink (Paperback): M Lovell Hunziger Moser They Came - Hunziger-Hornecker-Fink (Paperback)
M Lovell Hunziger Moser
R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Dictionary of Muslim Names (Hardcover): Salahuddin Ahmed A Dictionary of Muslim Names (Hardcover)
Salahuddin Ahmed
R2,413 Discovery Miles 24 130 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In a well-known hadith, Muhammed advises Muslims that, "On the Day of Resurrection, you will be called by your names and the names of your fathers; so keep beautiful names." Inspired by the teachings of Islam, names fulfill the cherished ambitions of a true Muslim. In The Dictionary of Muslim Names, Salahuddin Ahmed provides a helpful and substantive guide to common and less-common Muslim names. This lively and informative dictionary lists the original Arabic, Persian, or Turkish spelling, as well as a precise English transliteration. The names' meaning and bearing on Islamic heritage or world history are referenced, along with historical figures who bore the name-an Imaam, a Sultan, a saint-and accompanying illustrations.

Clans and Tartans - Traditional Scottish Tartans (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Scottish Tartans Authority, Collins Books Clans and Tartans - Traditional Scottish Tartans (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Scottish Tartans Authority, Collins Books 1
R199 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R49 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The perfect introduction to Scottish tartans. Produced in association with the Scottish Tartans Authority, this Little Book focuses on the history of the world famous Scottish tartan. Contents include: * Over 100 clans presented with their tartan, crest, motto and Gaelic clan name. * The history of tartan and how it plays its part in the traditional national dress. * Detailed clans and family names listing. Beautifully produced, Collins Little Book of Clans and Tartans is a treasure in itself and makes a perfect gift for any Scotland enthusiast.

Dynasty: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Jeroen Duindam Dynasty: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Jeroen Duindam
R247 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For thousands of years bloodlines have been held as virtually unassailable credentials for leadership, with supreme political power perceived as a family affair across the globe and throughout history. At the heart of royal dynasties, kings were inflated to superhuman proportions, yet their status came at a price: whilst they may have reigned, they were very often ruled by others who sheltered behind the ruler's proclaimed omnipotence. Descent through the female line also occurred, subverting our common view of dynasty as built on father-son succession. Everywhere, women were important as mothers of boy-kings, and could even rule in their own right in some places. In this Very Short Introduction Jeroen Duindam connects the earliest history of kings and queens to contemporary examples of family-based leadership. His sweeping overview of five millennia of dynastic rule brings to light recurring predicaments of families on the throne. Examining persistent family conflict and the dilemmas of leadership, he shows how the challenge of governing the family was balanced by the necessity of family scions, close or distant, for the survival of dynasties. Tensions between ageing fathers and eager sons can be found among ancient kings as well as in modern business empires. Guidebooks for rulers throughout history provided counsel that will appear strikingly familiar to contemporary leaders. The thoughts and confessions of rulers added a more personal touch to these rules of thumb. Throughout, Duindam sheds light not only on similarities, but also on divergence and change in dynastic practice. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Remember Who You Are (Paperback): M. Lovell Moser Remember Who You Are (Paperback)
M. Lovell Moser
R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Remember Who You Are - The Ancestors and Descendants of A. D. Huff and Minnie Overturf Huff. This is a genealogical work.Gabriel Huff, farmer, husband and father, joined the U. S. Infantry in the War of 1812 and reached Grenadier Island in the St. Lawrence River.Richard Haines and family left Aynhoe of ye Hill, North Hamptonshire, England in 1682 to join their oldest son in Jersey. Richard died enroute shortly before his son was born. This arduous ocean journey initiated a strong family legacy.The Oberdorfs started a new life in Pennsylvania upon leaving Germany and began the Overturf saga to Ohio, Iowa and beyond.The Debolts left strife in France and Germany to face the French supported Indians and captivity in Pennsylvania.Ralph Hunt gained respect under England's grasp in 1652 on Long Island. His descendants chafed under England's rule, migrated to North Carolina and initiated the westward trek before 1810.These are a few of the stories woven into our family fabric.

Welsh Surnames (Paperback, UK ed.): T.J. Morgan, Prys Morgan Welsh Surnames (Paperback, UK ed.)
T.J. Morgan, Prys Morgan
R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Welsh Surnames is the first full-scale study of Welsh surnames and is both a classification and a dictionary. Based on Welsh, Latin and English texts, on parish registers and local histories, it traces the growth of a Welsh surnaming pattern in Wales and the Border at the end of the Middle Ages. This historical picture is completed by evidence taken from modern sources such as electoral registers from Wales and western England, surnames from Welsh and London newspapers, and telephone directories. The book opens with a classification of the various kinds of Welsh surnames besides the innumerable examples of the well-known Welsh patronymic surname; surnames from hypocoristic forms, from anglicisations and approximations of Welsh names, from the forenames of women, from place-names, and many others. This is followed by a dictionary of Welsh surnames which also gives attention to variations and corruptions of the original names. Welsh Surnames is aimed both at the specialist and the general reader as an invaluable tool not only for the historian or the genealogist but also the geographer and sociologist.

Beroemde Suid-Afrikaanse krygsmanne (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Leopold Scholtz Beroemde Suid-Afrikaanse krygsmanne (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
Leopold Scholtz
R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'n Boeiende beeld van krygsverrigtinge binne en buite Suid-Afrikaanse grense in die loop van byna 500 jaar. Hier is besielende verhale van moed en heldedom – maar ook verhale van broedertwis en verraad, met figure en gebeure so uiteenlopend soos die Boereoorlog en generaal Christiaan de Wet; Dan Pienaar in die westelike Sahara; Bob Rogers en kolonel Koos van Heerden en Taakmag Zulu.

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