Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate talks to historian and commentator Victoria Schofield about his colourful new biography of the life of his great-uncle Emperor Haile Selassie.
Asserate spent his childhood and adolescence in Ethiopia and was educated at the German School. He fled the 1974 revolution to Europe to continue his studies at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and the University of Tübingen and finally received his PhD in history from the University of Frankfurt. He knew the emperor well and gained an intimate insight into life in his controversial court. Selassie was a descendant of King Solomon who fought with the Allies during the Second World War and became the messiah of the Rastafarians. He was a reformer and an autocrat and a forerunner of African independence.
Asserate has lived in Germany since the 1970s. He is a corporate consultant and the author of the critically acclaimed German bestsellers Manieren (Manners) and Deutsche Tugenden (German Virtues). He is also the founder of Pactum Africanum, a German charitable foundation that promotes understanding between the Abrahamic religions.
Victoria Schofield is a historian and commentator on international affairs. She is author of the first complete biography of Field Marshal Earl Wavell and has published the first in a two-volume official history of The Black Watch.
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