- Audrey Maxine Ellis' 24th Great Grandfather
916-919 95. Terda-Gabaz; estimate 95th in descent from Moses; aka Morari Takle-Haymanot, Governor of Lasta [the Zagwe ancestral-estate], at Bugna, [then] the provincial-capital, usurper to Ethiopian throne, 1st Zagwe Emperor, dates vary; moved capital-city to Adafa, then, to Roha
= Masoba-Warq, dau of Del-Naad, the Ethiopian Emperor [Solomonic Dynasty], whom the Zagwe Queen Gudite had overthrown and slain
begot 3 sons:
(a) Totadem [Pantadem] 2nd Zagwe Emperor 919-959;
(b) Zan-Seyum, 3rd Zagwe Emperor 959-999; &
(c) Germa-Seyum, 4th Zagwe Emperor 999-1039.
The Zagwe Dynasty long held to its descent from Moses. The descendants of Moses continued to flourish on their ancestral-estate in Ethiopia, in the province called "Lasta", where the family had earlier been settled by their Ethiopian captors in AD 339 following the destruction of their kingdom, Sudan [Nubia], which once held sway over the whole of Central Africa "from sea to sea". Mara Takle Haymanot, founder of the Zagwe dynasty, married Masoba-Warq, a daughter of the last Aksumite king, that is, the Ethiopian Emperor Delnaad, whom Mara Takle-Haymanot had overthrown. The phrase, "[...] rise of Zagwe as result of marriage between an Aksumite princess called Mesoba Warq [ëBasket of Goldí] and the Zagwe prince, called Terda Gabaz in king-lists"; there were eleven Zagwe emperors; their heirs bore the title "Wagshum" from 1270 to the Revolution of 1974. The Abdication Settlement grants them the right to sit on a throne, to have the great "negarit" drum beaten for them in salute on certain occasions, and were allowed to maintain their own militia. They were granted the privilege of being seated in the imperial presence, so long as the Ethiopian Emperor was also seated. The Solomonic Emperors honored this treaty until the fall of the Ethiopian Monrachy eight centuries later in Year 1974.
959-999 96. (2) Zan-Seyum, 3rd Zagwe Emperor; & [his bro] (3) Germa-Seyum, 4th Zagwe Emperor 999-1039 [father of Yemrehana Krestos, 5th Zagwe Emperor 1039-1079]
X(1000)X 97. Mairari, Prince, son of Zan-Seyum, 3rd Zagwe Emperor (above); was the father of two sons & a daughter, who were (1) Kedus Herbe [Harbre I], 6th Zagwe Emperor 1079-1119 [father of Naakweto Laab, 8th Zagew Emperor 1159-1207]; (2) Lalibela, 7th Zagwe Emperor 1119-1159 [father of Yetbarak, 9th Zagwe Emperor]; and, their sister, (3) Qirwerne (below)
1119-1159 98. Lalibela, 7th Zawge Emperor, whose sister, Qirwerne, was an ancestress of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain, through a female-link in Queen Elizabeth's pedigree
The most famous Zagwe Emperor of Ethiopia was Lalibela. The "History of the Patriarchs", which usually just refers to the kings anonymously, calls him, "Lalibala son of Shanuda ["the Lion"], of the race of al-Nakba". Other sources add his throne-name, Gabra Masqal, and an epithet, '_be'esi `azzal_', `the strong man'.
There is a story that the Ethiopian Emperor Lalibela, who, accompanied by his "troublesome" sister, Qirwerne, traveled to the Holy Land and visited the Byzantine Emperor at Constantinople. There at the imperial court he and his sister appear to have met Izyaslav II of Kiev/Russia who was there visiting the emperor during the time of their visit. There are also undocumented legends about Lalibela and his sister that probably are based on actual events. Qirwerne remained at the imperial court at Constantinople after Lalibela returned to Ethiopia. Meantime, the Ethiopian Princess married twice: once [in 1153] to Izyaslav II of Kiev/Russia (d1154), and, upon returning to Constantinople after her first husband's death, Qirwerne married secondly [in 1158] to Andronikos Dukas Kamateros, a Byzantine prince (d1176), by whom she was the mother of Euphrosyne (d1211), wife/empress of the Byzantine Emperor Alexius III (d1210), which gives a "gateway" from Africa to Europe (see below). The story about the involvement of an un-named widow of an un-named king and Andronikos Kamateros [reminds one of the story of the sister of England's King Henry VIII, namely, Princess/Queen Mary, widow of King Louis XII of France, and her subsequent involvement and marriage to Charles Brandon, an English squire] is the basis for the identification of the second husband of the Ethiopian princess, for circumstantial evidence clearly identifies this un-named widow to have been Lalibela's "troublesome" sister, Qirwerne, and the un-named king to have been Izyaslav II, her first husband [his 3rd marriage] who died shortly after their marriage.
"Descents From Antiquity": gateway from Africa to Europe