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.

He has a degree in Afro-Carribean Studies from the University of Kent  and has been researching and writing for more than thirty years. He has published over forty books and monographs, the majority of them on Zulu history and the rest on other nineteenth-century British colonial campaigns. Details of these can be found on the Books page.

He is the guest leader of the Anglo-Zulu War Battlefield Tour organised by Holts Battlefield Tours.

He has appeared on-screen in a number of television documentaries including –

Timewatch – Zulu, The Real Story

Secrets of the Dead; The Mystery of Zulu Dawn

Great Military Disasters

Shaka Zulu (documentary for the US History Channel)

The Zulu Wars (three part documentary which he wrote, co-produced and presented for UK History Channel)

Zulu Wars

Zulu; The Warriors Return

He has also contributed to –

Lost Kingdoms of Africa; The Zulu Kingdom

Warriors (Zulu episode)

He is a ‘Life Time’s Achievement’  winner of the Anglo-Zulu War Historical Society’s Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Award for his work on Zulu history, and his book The National Army Museum Book of the Zulu War was joint winner of the Royal United Services’ Institute Award for ‘Best Military History Book’. He is an Honorary Research Associate of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Pietermaritzburg.