The Prince and the Plunder

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

The Four Gospels including other writings and many illustrations

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: A 17th century Ethiopian manuscript of the four gospels, including portraits of the four evangelists and many other illustrations. the writings also include Deeds, or copies of deeds, of the reigns of Susenyos, Theophilus, Bakafa, ‘lyasii II., ‘lyo’as, Takla Haimanot, Salomon II., Takla Giyorgis, ‘lyasu III., Ba-‘eda Maryam, and ‘Eguala Seyon or Gwalu. That on f. 278 a records the building of the church which Theophilus had vowed (see f. 19 r) and its endowment.

Where: The British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB

Ref: OR 508
Digital version –

Stamped inside the cover: “Presented by the Secretary of State for India Aug. 1868”
Listed as part of the “Magdala collection” in William Wright’s Catalogue of the Ethiopic manuscripts in the British Museum acquired since the year 1847

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