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Title:Inside the Royal Confinement
Author:Haile, Getatchew
Periodical:Northeast African Studies
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:presidential elections
Ethiopian-Semitic languages
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43660071
Abstract:Succession to the throne was one of the major threats to the stability and peace of Ethiopia throughout the recorded history of the Empire. One novel idea for reducing strife was to establish a centre where potential successors could be confined indefinitely. Almeida has left for us a relatively detailed and evidently accurate description of one such centre, 'The Fortress of Amba Guexen' or Gesän Amba. The present text, preserved in EMML (Ethiopian Manuscript Microfilm Library, Addis Ababa/Collegeville, Minnesota) 1931, ff. 67v-69r, and EMML 2059, ff. 69r-70v, complements Almeida's description of the royal confinement, although Gesän Amba or Wahni Amba or Dabra Nagast is not mentioned by name in the text. EMML 2059 is a microfilm of a collection of the miracles of the Blessed Virgin, copied for the Monastry of Däbrä Hayg in a seventeenth-century hand. EMML 1931, a similar collection, was copied for the same monastery during the reign of Emperor Yohannes IV (1871-1889), most probably for EMML 2059. The text is reproduced here, together with an English translation. Notes.