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

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 through the XVI and XVII centuries from the original point of view of stonework. via examine and lots of years of operating within the box, J.J. Hespeler-Boultbee examines the 1st early Renaissance hyperlinks among the imperative 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 venture to find an unknown international quickly grew to become a quest to discover Prester John, the mythical Christian priest/king presumed to be residing at the some distance aspect 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 courtroom of Emperor Eskendar. This was once instrumental in constructing a string of ties among the 2 international locations – diplomatic, army, non secular, cultural and (most long-lasting of all) architectural – virtually 3 a long time earlier than Portugal’s diplomatic challenge of 1520.
The attention-grabbing 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 assorted websites, a lot of that are distant and barely visited. absolutely illustrated with color pictures and drawings.

About the Author:
J.J. Hespeler-Boultbee is an artwork & 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 numerous forays into the Ethiopian Highlands on behalf of the dep. of historical past and CIDEHUS (Centro de Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Ciências Humanas e Sociais), the learn and improvement institute on the college of Évora. For the 2 yr interval, 2007-2009, he lived in and performed study from Bahir Dar on Lake Tana, Ethiopia, within which time he came upon his historic conclusions have been at huge variance with colleagues within the background division at Bahir Dar collage – disagreements that have brought on the revisions resulting in this present up to date and revised version of a narrative in Stones.

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