Britain’s Secret Theft of Ethiopia’s Most Wondrous Manuscripts – Atlas Obscura

One of the manuscripts from the Battle of Maqdala, now housed in the British Library. JAMES JEFFREY

One of the manuscripts from the Battle of Magdala, now housed in the British Library.  JAMES JEFFREY

IN THE BASEMENT OF LONDON’S British Library I was led into a small well-lit room, marking the end of a journey that began in the Ethiopian Highlands at the Addis Ababa home of a remarkable British historian.

In that home, over strong Ethiopian coffee and English biscuits, Richard Pankhurst, who dedicated his life to documenting Ethiopian history, told me the story of the…

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2 thoughts on “Britain’s Secret Theft of Ethiopia’s Most Wondrous Manuscripts – Atlas Obscura

  1. We have a lot to answer for in our past. If all of this is now available online, and documented for posterity, then surely it is time to return them to where they were stolen from? It is not right for us to be custodians of another nation’s history, no matter how carefully we might preserve the artifacts.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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