Verena Krebs is the author of Medieval Ethiopian Kingship, Craft, and Diplomacy with Latin Europe. Published by Palgrave Macmillan, the book explores why Ethiopia’s Solomonic kings initiated long-distance diplomatic contacts with Latin Europe in the late Middle Ages. It traces the history of more than a dozen delegations dispatched by this powerful Christian kingdom in the Horn of Africa. In this conversation, Krebs discusses her motivation for writing the book, how the book challenges longstanding assumptions about African agency, and shares her thoughts on the current political and humanitarian challenges facing Ethiopia today. This is how we RECOLLECT….