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The Barefoot Emperor: An Ethiopian Tragedy Hardcover – 5 Nov 2007
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‘A masterly account…Marsden's compelling narrative is full of gems… “The Barefoot Emperor” 'warms the insides' in specifically Ethiopian ways. It's a triumph; a work of entirely unpredicted necessity.’ Independent
‘Compelling…a balanced, full-bodied account…of these extraordinary events…Marsden, an expert on Ethiopia, is also a gifted storyteller and his narrative has pace and, above all, suspense.’ Sunday Times
‘Marsden has done an amazing job of reconstruction… wonderfully strange.’ Daily Express
‘An amazing story…a page-turning narrative of a sort I haven't read in years.’ Spectator
‘Marsden has combined his outstanding skills as a travel writer – his intimate knowledge of a foreign clime, his instinctive sympathy for a lost culture, his wonderfully evocative, almost poetic prose style – with the research talents of a first-rate sleuth to produce a quite spellbinding work of historical biography ’ Sunday Telegraph
‘Marsden first visited Ethiopia in the 1980s; his understanding of the country is manifest on every page. His narrative … is beautifully paced, and his story is incredible.’ Daily Telegraph
‘It is Philip Marsden's achievement that he has made Theodore central to his theme…as always, Marsden manages to handle his research material with a light touch and lets the story develop its own momentum. This is imperial history told without an imperial perspective.’ TLS
‘There are few, if any, historians who can match the wit, pace and flair of Philip Marsden. It reads less like history than a rip-roaring novel with a cast of chatracters as extraordinary as any fiction-writer could devise.’ Mail on Sunday
‘Philip Marsden is a wonderful writer who tells the tragic story of Tewodros with sympathy, elegance and a knowledge of Ethiopia that few Western writers can match. His book makes a fine present for Christmas.’ Literary Review
'(This) history of Tewodros II, emperor of Ethiopia (has) the drama of a finely honed thriller...(a) thoroughly researched account.'
'Engrossing historical biography'
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Born from aristocratic parents he was cast out on thier divorce leaving him and his mother penniless. He began adult life as an outlaw but after many battles with warlords and princes he unified Ethiopia and became Emperor.Asemperor hewas desporate to modernise the country and wrote to Queen Victoria to send workers and aid.His letter was unanswered for 2 years so he abducted the British consul and all Europeans and took them to Magdala.Eventually the British sent an army. The battle that ensued saw the release of the captives while the Emperor comitted suicide-his wife and son were sent to the U.K. The wife died before arrival but the son went to Rogby school spossored by the Queen but he died aged 19 never seeing his country again.
A marvellous book to be highly recommended but the illustrations are abysmal.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fascinating story and the level of detail brings it all alive. By far the best I have read on this subject.Published 17 months ago by JohnA. Shenton
A superb story and very well written as Marsden's books always are.Published 18 months ago by Nigel B
Incredible story, well written. I had no idea this ever happened. Great for history buffs, even if you've never been to Ethiopia or won't ever go.Published on 5 Jan. 2015 by A Customer
I love it.
It's history with obvious minor fictional embellishments that make reading it pleasant. Read more