Njinga of Angola

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Harvard University Press, Feb 27, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
One of history’s most multifaceted rulers but little known in the West, Queen Njinga rivaled Elizabeth I and Catherine the Great in political cunning and military prowess. Today, she is revered in Angola as a heroine and honored in folk religions. Her complex legacy forms a crucial part of the collective memory of the Afro-Atlantic world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Ndongo Kingdom and the Portuguese Invasion
18
2 Crisis and the Rise of Njinga
35
3 A Defiant Queen
56
4 Treacherous Politics
85
5 Warfare and Diplomacy
114
6 A Balancing Act
158
7 On the Way to the Ancestors
193
Glossary
259
List of Names
261
Chronology
263
Notes
265
Acknowledgments
297
Illustration Credits
301
Index
303
Copyright

Epilogue
245

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