The Prince and the Plunder

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A manuscript including a Lectionary for Palm Sunday and Passion week. Homilies on the Passion (18)

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: A Lectionary for Palm Sunday and Passion week. Homililies on the Passion, dated 1687

Where: The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH

One of four manuscripts in Manchester University’s library taken from Magdala. A fifth is described a “bought by Lt-Colonel Henslowe from a priest in Addigrat” – a major stop on the force’s route on the campaign. The library has a total of 42 Ethiopian manuscripts, and some of the remainder may also have come from Magdala.

Stefan Strelcyn lists the lectionary as No. 18 in his Catalogue of Ethiopic manuscripts in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, and identifies it as a Magdala manuscript:

“The manuscript was brought from Magdala. In the upper margin of f. 3r there is a note ‘Gabra Hemamat belonging to the Church of the Saviour of the World.’ On the inner cover is a label: ‘G. F. Robertson, Lieut. and Adjutant, 3rd Dragoon Guards, Magdala, 13 April 1868.'”

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