The Prince and the Plunder

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

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The Top 5 Articles & Papers To Read

Prince Alamayou of Ethiopia
By Lord Amulree (1970)

The Abyssinian Boy
By Darrell Bates (1979)

Alamayou, Prince of Abyssinia
By Jane Langton (1988)

Captain Speedy’s “Entertainment”
By Richard Pankhurst (1983)

The Library of Emperor Tewodros II at Maqdala
By Rita Pankhurst (1973)

The Top 10 Books To Read

Acta Æthiopica Volume I – Correspondence and Treaties 1800-1854
Edited by Getatchew Haile, John Hunwick & Sven Rubenson (1987)

Acta Æthiopica Volume IITewodros and his Contemporaries 1855-1868
Edited by Amsalu Aklilu, Medir Wolde Aregay, Samuel Rubenson & Sven Rubenson (1994)

A History of Modern Ethiopia: 1855-1991
By Bahru Zewde (2001)

Anecdotes of Alamayu, the late King Theodore’s son
By C. C. [Cornelia Cotton] (1870)

Narrative of the British Mission to Theodore, King of Abyssinia
By Hormuzd Rassam (1869)

Record of the Expedition to Abyssinia Vol 1; Vol 2
By Holland, T. J. & Hozier, H. M. (1870)

The Barefoot Emperor: An Ethiopian Tragedy
By Philip Marsden (2008)

The Prince who Walked with Lions
By Elizabeth Laird (2012)

The History of Rasselas Prince of Abissinia
By Samuel Johnson (1759)

The Rise and Fall of Basha Felika: Captain Speedy, his life and times
By Jean Southon & Robert Harper (2003)

Full bibliography

Articles & papers

Amulree, Basil William Sholto Mackenzie, Lord (1970). Prince Alamayou of Ethiopia. Ethiopia Observer, Vol. 13, No. 1, 8-15.

Bates, D. (1979, Dec 01). The Abyssinian Boy. History Today, 29, 816.

Jeśman, Czeslaw. (1966). The Tragedy of Magdala. Ethiopia Observer, Vol. 10, No. 2.

Langton, Jane. (1988). Alamayou, Prince of Abyssinia. Report of the Society of the Friends of St George’s and the Descendants of the Knights of the Garter, Vol. VI, No. 9

Pankhurst, Richard (2010). Tewodros Bomba: Discovery of an Unpublished Letter from Aṣe Tewodros to “Ǝtege” YätämäññuAethiopica13(1), 193-200.

Pankhurst, Rita (1973). The Library of Emperor Tewodros II at Maqdala (Magdala)Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 36(1), 15-42.


Allingham, W. (1907). A Diary. London: Macmillan & Co.

Bahru Zewde, (1991). A History of Modern Ethiopia: 1855-1974. London.

Bates, D. (1979). The Abyssinian Difficulty. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bell, J. G. (1842). Extract from a journal of travels in Abyssinia, in the years 1840-41-42, Miscellanea Ægyptiaca, Association littéraire d’Égypte, Alexandria.

Blanc, Henry (1868). A Narrative of Captivity in Abyssinia. London: Smith, Elder.

C, C. [Cornelia Cotton] (1870). Anecdotes of Alamayu, the late King Theodore’s son. W. Hunt & Co: London.

Fraser, G. M. D. (2006). Flashman on the March: From the Flashman Papers 1867-8. London: HarperCollins.

Garretson, P. P. (2013). A Victorian Gentleman and Ethiopian Nationalist: The Life and Times of Hakim Wärqenäh, Dr. Charles Martin. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Getatchew, H., Rubenson, S., & Hunwick, J. O. (1987). Acta Æthiopica: Volume 1. Evanston, Ill: Northwestern University Press.

Holland, T. J., Hozier, H. M., & James, H. (1870). Record of the Expedition to Abyssinia. London.

Johnson, S., Tillotson, G., & Jenkins, B. (1977). The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Laird, E. (2012). The Prince who Walked with Lions. London: Macmillan Children’s Books.

Markham, C. R., & Prideaux, W. F. (1869). A History of the Abyssinian Expedition: With an account of the mission and captivity of Mr Rassam and his companions. London: Macmillan.

Marsden, P. (2008). The Barefoot Emperor: An Ethiopian Tragedy. London: Harper Perennial.

Matthies, V., & Rendall, S. (2012). The Siege of Magdala: The British Empire against the Emperor of Ethiopia. Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers.

Michael Daniel Ambatchew (1999). Alemayehu. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Neo Printers.

Pankhurst, Richard (1968). Economic History of Ethiopia, 1800-1935. Addis Ababa: Haile Sellassie I University Press.

Pankhurst, Richard (1983). Captain Speedy’s ‘Entertainment’: The Reminiscences of a Nineteenth Century British Traveller to Ethiopia. Africa 38 no. 3 428-48

Pankhurst, Rita (1973). The Library of Emperor Tewodros II at Maqdala (Magdala). Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 36(1), 15-42.

Plowden, W. C., & Plowden, T. C. (1868). Travels in Abyssinia and the Galla Country, with an account of a mission to Ras Ali in 1848. From the MSS. of the late W.C. Plowden … Edited by … T.C. Plowden. London.

Rassam, H. (1869). Narrative of the British Mission to Theodore, King of Abyssinia. London: John Murray, Albermarle Street.

Rubenson, S. (1966). King of Kings, Tewodros of Ethiopia. Addis Abeba: Haile Sellassie I University in association with Oxford University Press.

Rubenson, S., Rubenson, S., Aklilu, A., & Aregay, M. W. (1994). Tewodros and His Contemporaries 1855-1868. Acta Æthiopica: Vol. 2. Lund: Lund Univ. Press.

Rubenson, S. (2000). Internal rivalries and foreign threats: 1869-1879. Acta Æthiopica: Vol. 2. Addis Ababa: Addis Ababa Univ. Press.

Simpson, W., & Pankhurst, R. (2003). Diary of a Journey to Abyssinia, 1868: The diary and observations of William Simpson of the Illustrated London News. Hollywood, Calif: Tsehai.

Southon, Jean & Harper, Robert (2003). The Rise and Fall of Basha Felika: Captain Speedy, his life and times.

Stanley, H. M. (1874). Coomassie and Magdala: The story of two British campaigns in Africa. London.

Stern, H. A. (1862). Wanderings among the Falashas in Abyssinia: Together with a description of the country and its various inhabitants. London.

Waldmeier, T. (1886). The Autobiography of Theophilus Waldmeier, missionary. London, Leominster.

Zaneb, & Moreno, Martino Mario (1942). La cronaca di re Teodoro attribuita al dabtara ‘Zaneb’. Rassegna di Studi Etiopici II: 1, 160-1

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