Synopses & Reviews
“The Sunburnt Queen is an extraordinary narrative. The writing’s fresh immediacy brings history to life.”—The Sunday Independent (South Africa)
In the late 1730s, the local inhabitants of South Africa found a seven-year-old girl called Bessie, washed ashore on the beach of the Wild Coast. Bessie was brought up by them, growing into a young woman of legendary beauty and wisdom, and marrying one of the most important tribal chiefs in the area.
Using oral histories and written accounts by early missionaries, Hazel Crampton traces the extraordinary story of Bessie and the turbulent history of the Eastern Cape.
Reconstructs 18th-century history of South Africa, covering topics of slavery, the ivory trade, the arming of the tribes, the horrors of the Mfecane, and the great Cattle-Killing. THis book traces the story of Bessie and her descendants throughout the turbulent history of the Eastern Cape, from the eighteenth century.
The true story of a child shipwrecked in Africa.
About the Author
Hazel Crampton is an artist. She lives in Cape Town and has just started her second book.