The Legacy of Guilt

The Legacy of Guilt

A Life of Thomas Kendall

The archetypal story of Thomas Kendall, a self-torturing, struggling missionary in nineteenth century New Zealand, is also a remarkable history of cross-cultural experience.

Posted to New Zealand in 1814, Kendall was immensely devout but entirely unprepared for dealing with Māori. He nonetheless helped produce the first Māori Grammar, but was hindered by rumours of an affair with a Māori chief’s daughter. Dismissed from his duties in 1823, he continued studying Māori culture until his death nearly a decade later.

Long out of print, this work by a leading New Zealand historian tells an absorbing story of the difficulties and dangers of the evangelical mission.

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Table of contents

Preface to the First Edition

1. The Enthusiast
2. Preliminaries
3. Isolation
4. In England – the Evangelical and the Noble Savage
5. The Missionary and the Māori
6. Sin
7. The Heritage of Isaiah
8. The Lost Soul

Appendix One Thomas Kendall to Josiah Pratt, 27 July 1824
Appendix Two Kendall’s Work in the Māori Language: A Bibliography of Published and Unpublished Material
Appendix Three ‘Conquering Kings their Titles Take’

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2018
Pages: 264
RRP: $49.99
ISBN: 9781877242335
ISTC: A022012000021385
DOI: 10.7810/9781877242335

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Read Tom Brookings's review in New Zealand Books.

The book is a classic...' The Press

' fresh as ever 37 years after first publication.' The Dominion Post

' absorbing re-creation of an early period in bi-cultural relationships in this nation.' NZ Catholic


F. P. Wilson Prize