The Prince and the Plunder

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

The manuscripts they left behind

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On the History of the Library of Mäqdäla: New Findings.
ACADEMIC JOURNAL | Aethiopica – International Journal of Ethiopian 2014, Vol. 17, p90-95, 6p


It has been known that only a part of the parchment manuscripts of Mäqdäla library seized by British expeditionary force in 1868 entered European collections. Many of those manuscripts stayed in Ethiopia but not much was known about them. New information on these manuscripts has been recently gathered by the team of the project “Ethio-SPaRe: Cultural Heritage of Christian Ethiopia – Salvation, Preservation and Research”. Among manuscripts registered in monasteries and churches of East Tǝgray, some could have been identified as manuscripts previously coming from Mäqdäla library. The article presents these manuscripts and some of their features.

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