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The Last King of Kings of Africa: The Triumph & Tragedy of Haile Selassie I    Book Launch – 3rd November 2015


Fairfield House were delighted to host the launch of Prince Asfa Wossen Asserate’s newly published book The Last King of Kings of Africa: The Triumph & Tragedy of Haile Selassie I.

The Prince presented an engraved Ethiopian Coptic Cross to the Trustees of Fairfield at a small ceremony held in the dedicated Prayer Room.

Prince Asfa Wossen recalled key events during the life of the Emperor touching on the first failed coup, the Emperors forced exhile and his love of education. Celebrated historian of Ethiopia, Ian Campbell introduced the book and hosted a Q and A session with guests.

His Royal Highness personally signed copies of the book and we still have copies available if you would like a copy. Please contact the House for details.

The Prince was accompanied by his sister Princess Rebekah and representatives from Haus Publishing.

Below are pics from the event. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped to make the event a great success.

About the biography…..
The Last King of Kings of Africa: The Triumph and Tragedy of Haile Selassie I – He was a descendent of King Salomon and a forerunner of African unity and independence. He fought with the Allies against the fascist Axis powers during the Second World War and is the messiah of the Jamaican Rastafarians. He was a reformer and an autocrat. Haile Selassie, King of Kings, was an equally formidable and iridescent figure, who is brilliantly portrayed by his grandnephew Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate.

Prince Asserate spent his childhood and adolescence in Ethiopia before fleeing the revolution of 1974. His father was the last president of the imperial privy council. The author, who knew the emperor personally, gained intimate insights into life at the imperial court and the increasingly controversial politics of Haile Selassie. Due to his own experiences and painstaking research in family and public archives, Prince Asserate has achieved an exceedingly colourful portrait of the emperor and the tumultuous history of Ethiopia.

About the author…..
Asfa-Wossen Asserate was born 1948 in Addis Ababa and read history and law at Cambridge and at the University of Tübingen, Germany. He lives in Frankfurt-am-Main since the 1970s and works as an author and corporate consultant. Asfa-Wossen Asserate is the grandnephew of the last Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie, the great-grandson of Empress Menen II and the son of the former governor and viceroy of Eritrea. He’s the founder of Pactum Africanum, a German charitable foundation that promotes understanding between the Abrahamic religions, and the author of the critically acclaimed German bestsellers Manieren (‘Manners’) and Deutsche Tugenden (‘German Virtues).


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Prince Asfa Wossen Asserate & family members pay a private visit to Fairfield House

Prince Asfa Wossen Asserate & family members pay a private visit to Fairfield House


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