Ian Knight is a writer and historian who is internationally regarded as a leading authority on the nineteenth-century history of the Zulu kingdom, and in particular the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.
Submitted by Ian Knight on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:19
My apologies - it's been a bit of a hectic summer at home, not least because I have moved my study, an experience which has proved to me that everything my wife says about my pathological inability to organise my working space is true. Something which I had thought would take a few days actually ran into weeks, not least because of the prodigious amount of dust which needed to be brushed off nearly everything at the back of the shelves.
Submitted by Ian Knight on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 20:35
January 22 is always a significant date for me. Three of the most intriguing, dramatic and shocking battles of the Anglo-Zulu War all took place on that day - Nyezane, iSandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and 2014 marks 135 years since they took place. That in itself is a rather unsettling thought for me since I first visited the battlefields in 1979, for the centenary commemoration, and even by my dubious maths it means I’ve been going there for thirty-five years - damn, I’m getting old.