An End of Honour: A novel of Titokowaru's War

An End of Honour: A novel of Titokowaru's War

by M J Burr

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An End of Honour: A novel of Titokowaru's War by M J Burr

'Women and land are the downfall of men'

The short, bloody and desperate clash that was 'Titokowaru's War' in the Taranaki of 1868-69, backgrounds a story of two men more alike than their allegiances might suggest.

Titokowaru - is warrior, priest, and a man of two worlds who tries desperately to shape a future for his people in the face of relentless immigration and white settler land-hunger.

John Selby Hunter - is an American Civil War hero who lives by the precepts of honour and duty ingrained in him by a Virginian upbringing. He finds himself in New Zealand as a result of them, where his Southern charm isn't lost on two beautiful women, one the sister of his comrade-in-arms and the other her Maori companion.

Both men are pitchforked into opposing sides of what soon becomes all-out war as a result of circumstances outside their control, and both call on the codes into which they were born to deal with it.

Most of this story actually happened, and the other parts might well have happened. After all, real people from NZ's history - governors, soldiers, warriors, Kingitanga leaders, Titokowaru and the famous Twelve of his lieutenants - walk through a story that moves from the Musket Wars in Taranaki to the battlefields of the American frontier, and back again via colonial Auckland's high society to a South Taranaki riven by fire and sword. At the end of it all, the reader is offered a plausible answer to the enduring mystery of why, with the West Coast at his feet and settler armies prostrate before him, Titokowaru walked away from his greatest triumph and into obscurity.

As well as a love story that crosses the racial divide, An End of Honour is the story of two highly-principled men who see beyond division, race and greed to agree that, if one has no honour, one has nothing.

'He whenua, he wahine i mate ai te Tangata.'

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780473260620
Publication date: 04/23/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

M J Burr is a former teacher of History with no preference for any period over another because he loves it all. Throughout his teaching career he emphasised the importance of History as the story of ordinary people in sometimes quite extraordinary situations, and his commitment to ‘History as story’ continues to underpin his work. His writing areas have included 11th century Europe as well as 19th century New Zealand, and he is currently working on a novel of the American Civil War as well as a major work on the demise of the Knights Templar. He believes that having been a lifelong teacher helps him to offer the ‘learner’s view’ so fundamental to any good teaching and that this comes through in his characterisations, scene settings and plotting. He holds degrees at master’s level in History and Education, another ‘plus’ for a working author doing his own research. His writing idols? CS Forester, GM Fraser, Frederick Forsyth – “because they tell great stories backed by painstaking research”. His favourite book? “My next one”.

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