A Story in Stones: Portugal’s Influence on Culture and by John Jeremy Hespeler-Boultbee,Richard Pankhurst PDF

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By John Jeremy Hespeler-Boultbee,Richard Pankhurst

This newly up to date and revised moment version of a narrative in Stones explores the connection among Portugal and Ethiopia throughout the XVI and XVII centuries from the original standpoint of stonework. via examine and plenty of years of operating within the box, J.J. Hespeler-Boultbee examines the 1st early Renaissance hyperlinks among the vital ecu superpower of the day and the traditional Christian empire of Ethiopia’s Highlands – utilizing modern architectural vestige as a catalyst for his findings.
What started as Portugal’s undertaking to find an unknown global quickly turned a quest to discover Prester John, the mythical Christian priest/king presumed to be dwelling at the some distance part of Islam. In an try and shape a Christian army alliance, the quest used to be either concluded and, in a fashion, initiated by means of explorer Pêro da Covilhã in 1493 along with his overland trip to the Highland court docket of Emperor Eskendar. This used to be instrumental in developing a string of ties among the 2 countries – diplomatic, army, spiritual, cultural and (most long-lasting of all) architectural – nearly 3 many years ahead of Portugal’s diplomatic venture of 1520.
The interesting tale inside the stones can but be visible within the Portuguese and “Gondarine” ruins that dot the Gojjam and Lake Tana areas; they proceed to steer today’s Highland architectural layout. Hespeler-Boultbee examines over thirty diverse websites, a lot of that are distant and barely visited. totally illustrated with color photographs and drawings.

About the Author:
J.J. Hespeler-Boultbee is an paintings & Architectural Historian and affiliate of the Institute of Ethiopian reports, Addis Ababa collage. He lived for twenty-five years in Portugal, in the course of that point making a number of forays into the Ethiopian Highlands on behalf of the dept of background and CIDEHUS (Centro de Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Ciências Humanas e Sociais), the examine and improvement institute on the college of Évora. For the 2 yr interval, 2007-2009, he lived in and performed learn from Bahir Dar on Lake Tana, Ethiopia, in which time he stumbled on his old conclusions have been at significant variance with colleagues within the historical past division at Bahir Dar college – disagreements that have caused the revisions resulting in this present up-to-date and revised version of a narrative in Stones.

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