The Prince and the Plunder

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

Service book ‘bought at the tent door’ on the march back from Maqdala (Add. 3682) *

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What: A service book with hymns and prayers arranged for the hours, including coloured images of: Daniel in the lion’s den, St. George and the dragon, Virgin and child with angels and a priest, Täklä Haymanot and the dragon, and the crucifixion. Where: Cambridge University Library, West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DR The library has scanned in […]

A manuscript of the Amestu Amada Mestir which ‘no doubt’ came from Maqdala *

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What: One of at least 10 manuscripts in the university’s collection that the 19th century scholar William Wright said “no doubt came from Magdala”. He could be referring to a manuscript most recently listed in a 1961 catalogue of Cambridge’s Ethiopian manuscripts – possibly MS XXXIII (Add. 1861). Where: Cambridge University Library, West Rd, Cambridge CB3 […]

A Psalter which ‘no doubt’ came from Maqdala *

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What: One of two psalters in the university’s collection that the 19th century scholar William Wright said “no doubt came from Magdala”. Those two could be any of the eight psalters most recently listed in a 1961 catalogue of Cambridge’s Ethiopian manuscripts – from MS XIII (Or. 1886) to MS XX (Add. 1489). Where: Cambridge University […]

A Psalter which ‘no doubt’ came from Maqdala *

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What: One of two psalters in the university’s collection that the 19th century scholar William Wright said “no doubt came from Magdala”. Those two could be any of the eight psalters most recently listed in a 1961 catalogue of Cambridge’s Ethiopian manuscripts – from MS XIII (Or. 1886) to MS XX (Add. 1489). Where: Cambridge University […]

A manuscript of the Arganona Dengel which ‘no doubt’ came from Maqdala *

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What: One of at least 10 manuscripts in the university’s collection that the 19th century scholar William Wright said “no doubt came from Magdala”. He could be referring to one of three books most recently listed in a 1961 catalogue of Cambridge’s Ethiopian manuscripts – possibly MS XXIV (Add. 696), MS XXV (Add. 2632) or […]