The Prince and the Plunder

A book on how Britain took one boy and piles of treasures from Ethiopia

An 18th century manuscript including Praises of Mary, Weddase Maryam (W916)

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What: An 18th century manuscript of Praises of Mary (Weddase Maryam) & Praises and Commendation to the Mother of Adonai (Weddase wa-genay la-Emma Adonay), with many illustrations. Magdala is mentioned on the cover.

Where: The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, D02 AD92

One of a collection of 58 Ethiopian manuscripts and illustrated pages in the library. Two others in the collection – an edition of the Miracles of Mary (Library ref: 914) and a collection of hymns (Library ref: 949) – have clear links to Magdala. Many of the rest may also be Magdala plunder.

Library Ref: W916
Digital version with images of illustrations and the cover –

Provenance: The cover is marked with the message: “Part of an Ethiopic MS. taken at Magdala, Abyssinia, 1868, Lieut. E. H. H. Collen, R.A.”

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