Njinga of Angola: Africa's Warrior Queen

Njinga of Angola Africa s Warrior Queen Though largely unknown in the Western world the seventeenth century African queen Njinga was one of the most multifaceted rulers in history a woman who rivaled Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great in

  • Title: Njinga of Angola: Africa's Warrior Queen
  • Author: Linda M. Heywood
  • ISBN: 9780674971820
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Though largely unknown in the Western world, the seventeenth century African queen Njinga was one of the most multifaceted rulers in history, a woman who rivaled Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great in political cunning and military prowess Linda Heywood offers the first full length study in English of Queen Njinga s long life and political influence, revealing how this ClThough largely unknown in the Western world, the seventeenth century African queen Njinga was one of the most multifaceted rulers in history, a woman who rivaled Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great in political cunning and military prowess Linda Heywood offers the first full length study in English of Queen Njinga s long life and political influence, revealing how this Cleopatra of central Africa skillfully navigated and ultimately transcended the ruthless, male dominated power struggles of her time.In 1626, after being deposed by the Portuguese, she transformed herself into a prolific slave trader and ferocious military leader, waging wars against the Portuguese colonizers and their African allies Surviving multiple attempts to kill her, Njinga conquered the neighboring state of Matamba and ruled as queen of Ndongo Matamba At the height of her reign in the 1640s Njinga ruled almost one quarter of modern day northern Angola Toward the end of her life, weary of war, she made peace with Portugal and converted to Christianity, though her devotion to the new faith was questioned.Who was Queen Njinga There is no simple answer In a world where women were subjugated by men, she repeatedly outmaneuvered her male competitors and flouted gender norms, taking both male and female lovers Today, Njinga is revered in Angola as a national heroine and honored in folk religions, and her complex legacy continues to resonate, forming a crucial part of the collective memory of the Afro Atlantic world.

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    1. Informative book about an important historical figure little known in the Anglophone world. I think that more could have been done to disentangle the account of Njinga's religious practices from the self-serving tales of Christian missionaries. The author has a tendency to view Njinga's adoption of Christianity late in life as a sincere conversion, while treating her earlier adoption of the Imbangala cult as tactical. And I am skeptical of some of the descriptions of Imbangala practices, which h [...]

    2. Wonderful book about a little-known queen who really deserves a bigger place in history. I'll post my Library Journal review of it once it's published.

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