Subtitle: A History of the Xhosa People in the Days of their Independence
Author: Jeff Peires
Publisher: Jonathan Ball (2003)
Condition: Very Good . The cover has a few light scratches and some wear to the corners. Else a very good copy.
Dimensions: 22.1 × 15.1 × 2.2 cm
The House of Phalo, first published in 1981, was the first history of the Xhosa to draw fully on oral and written sources. It begins with the foundation of the Xhosa kingdom by Tshawe and his followers, and takes the reader through the dramatic events which shaped Xhosa thinking: King Gcaleka’s initiation as a traditional doctor; the rivalry of chiefs Ngqika and Ndlambe for the beautiful Thuthula; the dramatic confrontation between the two great visionaries: Ntiskana, the prophet of peace, and Nxele Makhanda, the prophet of war.