The emperor who rooted out magic in medieval Ethiopia


Jacopo Gnisci Apollo journal Our understanding of the historical past of the emperors who dominated over late medieval Ethiopia continues to be fairly fragmentary however, so far as we are able to inform, life at their courts was marked by violence, betrayal, and energy struggles. Maybe essentially the most outstanding amongst these rulers, who belonged to a home that rose to energy in 1270 and traced its descent again to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, was Zar’a Ya‘eqob (r. 1434–68). What is understood about his reign has hitherto been gleaned principally from Ethiopic texts in historic parchment manuscripts, some nonetheless preserved within the


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