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78 TRAVELS TO DISCOVER


BÆDA MARIAM. From 1468 to 1478.

Revives the Banishment of Princes to the Mountain — War with Adel — Death of the King — Attempts by Portugal to discover Abyssinia and the Indies,

BÆDA MARIAM succeeded to the throne (as his historian says) against his father's inclination, after having received much ill usage during the earlier part of his life, of which this was the occasion. His mother took so violent and irregular a longing to see her son king, that she formed a scheme, by the strength of a party of her relations and friends, trusting to the weakness of an old man, to force him into a partnership with his father. Examples of two kings, at the same time, and even in this degree of relation, were more than once to be found in the Abyssinian annals, but those times were now no more. A strong jealousy had succeeded to an unreasonable confidence, and had thrown both the perform and pretensions of the heirs-apparent of this age to as great a diilance as was possible.

The queen, whose name was Sion Magass, or the Grace of Sion, first began to tamper with the clergy, who, though