Queen Victoria's Hostage Problem

Levkov, Ilya
May 1980
National Review;5/30/1980, Vol. 32 Issue 11, p655
The article discusses the hostage incident executed by King Theodore II of Abyssinia in 1863 in response to the refusal of Queen Victoria of Great Britain to assist him in his plan to capture Jerusalem and secure the right of Christian pilgrims. For four and half years Theodore has held hostage the British Consul, Charles D. Cameron and ten foreign missionaries. In the hostage negotiations, Theodore has demanded for machinery and technicians to run it. In the fall of 1867, the British government decided to send a military expedition to free the hostages. When the British forces landed Abyssinia, Theodore has decided to commit suicide and then the hostages were released unharmed.


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