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Murderers, Miscreants and Mutineers: Early Colonial Cape Lives, Nigel Penn : book review

Volume 61, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X



marks the long awaited and much anticipated sequel to Nigel Penn's popular , published in 1999. There is an important caveat, however, for those who are familiar with Penn's canon over the past fifteen-odd years: five of the six chapters that appear in the work have been published before as journal articles. Even so, it is pleasing that the story of Johannes Seidenfaden - rogue missionary extraordinaire - has finally seen the light of day in chapter 6, which marks his first published appearance. By bringing this collection together between the same covers, the author has provided a useful means by which to reflect on the state of Cape history and the ways in which the field has evolved since the publication of .

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