The Diary of Henry Francis Fynn

By James Stuart (editor), D. McK. Malcolm (editor),

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I discovered Fynn’s edited diary when I was researching my own novel, as Fynn was a character I wished to include in my historical novel. He was one of the very first white settlers of the Natal region of what became South Africa. Remarkably, he became a confidant and adviser to Shaka and kept a diary that covers 1824 to 1836. It proves a useful record of the physical and political state of the region and its customs. Most tellingly, it is an eye-witness account of Shaka at a time when he is extending his hegemony over the region.…

From Gareth's list on Shaka, founder of the Zulu nation.

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