The Abyssinian boy


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History Today
Vol. 29, no. 12 (December 1979), p. 816-823


Queen Victoria had a special affection for young people of 'exotic origin'. One for whom she especially cared was Prince Alamayu of Abyssinia. He is pictured here shortly before the British stormed Magdala and his father, the Emperor, committed suicide, thus resolving what Victorians called 'The Abyssinian Difficulty' - the subject of a recent book by the author