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Not news, but still of interest.

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The earliest known book-length biography of an African woman, a 17th-century text detailing the life of the Ethiopian saint Walatta Petros, has been translated into English for the first time.

Walatta Petros was an Ethiopian religious leader who lived from 1592 to 1642. A noblewoman, she left her husband to lead the struggle against the Jesuits’ mission to convert Ethiopian Christians to Roman Catholicism. It was for this that the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwaḥədo Church elevated her to sainthood.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/dec/03/earliest-known-biography-of-an-african-woman-translated-to-english-for-the-first-time
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Re: Earliest known biography of an African woman translated to English
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2018, 03:06:53 PM »
Sad they felt the need to go down the old “they must be lesbians” route, but interesting nonetheless. Anyone know where one can read the translation?
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Re: Earliest known biography of an African woman translated to English
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2018, 03:48:37 PM »
Sad they felt the need to go down the old “they must be lesbians” route, but interesting nonetheless. Anyone know where one can read the translation?

The article includes a link, directly to the publisher. If it no longer works, try Amazon or an interlibrary loan.
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Re: Earliest known biography of an African woman translated to English
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2018, 07:36:11 PM »
Yes.
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