Rogues, Rebels, and Runaways.
Eighteenth-Century Cape Characters
The dissolute Cape Town beer brewer, Willem Menssink, whose ?fatal passion'
for a young slave woman brought about his downfall; Carel Buijtendag, the
beast of the Bokkeveld; and Estienne Barbier, the quixotic champion
of the oppressed and leader of a rebellion against the VOC government:
these, as well as an assortment of runaway slaves and Company deserters,
are some of the lesser-known characters from the eighteenth-century Dutch
Cape whom the historian Nigel Penn has brought to life in a series of hugely
enjoyable and historically revealing stories.
'There can be no doubt that anyone reading these essays will learn much
about the eighteenth-century Cape - about slavery, gender, the life of
the burgher elite, the frontier an more. But there are other reasons for
reeading them. They are superbly researched and well written pieces, and
should thus be enjoyed by all those who can savour a historian's craft.'