EPILOGUE


Theodoro Krump's broken arm never properly healed. He returned to Rome after many adventures and was granted a papal audience; it is difficult to imagine a reward that would have pleased him more. When all attempts to restore the use of his arm had failed, he retired from the mission and returned to his beloved Germany.

The young Ethiopians received a hero's welcome in Rome, and were set to work at theological studies. The church authorities carefully reconsidered the Ethiopian mission; in the end another party was dispatched, but it came to a bad end with the violent death of its leader in Sinnar. Ethiopia sank into its troubled "Era of the Judges," but was spared for a time the divisive attentions of European missionaries.

The impending clash between Sultan Badi III and his vassals broke out in 1705. After initial reverses he defeated the rebel faction and thereafter enjoyed a prosperous reign; however, no solution was found to the problems that had created the original rupture.

Sinnar's own time of troubles would come, and with them the European travelers James Bruce and John Lewis Burckhardt whose travel accounts have so greatly influenced most subsequent historians' vision of the Funj kingdom. Let us thank Theodoro Krump for the memory of an earlier and happier Sudan.

May they all rest in peace.


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