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Journey to a Hanging

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by Peter Wells
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Journey to a Hanging by Peter Wells

Part history, part biography, part social commentary, this fascinating book is about infamous events that shook New Zealand to its core.In 1865, Rev Carl Sylvius Volkner was hanged, his head cut off, his eyes eaten and his blood drunk from his church chalice. One name - Kereopa Te Rau (Kaiwhatu: The Eye-eater) - became synonymous with the murder. In 1871 he was captured, tried and sentenced to death. But then something remarkable happened. Sister Aubert and William Colenso - two of the greatest minds in colonial New Zealand - came to his defence. Regardless, Kereopa Te Rau was hanged in Napier Prison. But even a century and a half later, the events have not been laid to rest. Questions continue to emerge: Was it just? Was it right? Was Kereopa Te Rau even behind the murder? And who was Volkner - was he a spy or an innocent?In a personal quest, author Peter Wells travels back into an antipodean heart of darkness and illuminates how we try to make sense of the past, how we heal, remember - and forget.

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Ebook Details
Pages: 416
Size: 12.1 MB
Publisher: RHNZ Adult ebooks
Date published:   2014
ISBN: 9781775533917 (DRM-EPUB)

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