What was the legend of Prester John all about and what is the legend's relevance to the study of the Mongols?

Prester John is a legendary Christian patriarch and king popular in European chronicles and tradition from the through the century. He was said to rule over a Nestorian Christian nation lost amid the Muslims and pagans of the Orient.

The Prester John Sessions [CD]

The Prester John Sessions [CD]

African Prester John and the Birth of Ethiopian-European Relations, 1402-1555 (Hardcover) (Matteo

African Prester John and the Birth of Ethiopian-European Relations, 1402-1555 (Hardcover) (Matteo

Prester John - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Prester John (Latin: Presbyter Johannes) is a legendary Christian patriarch and king popular in European chronicles and tradition from the 12th through the 17th century. He was said to rule over a "Nestorian" (Church of the East) Christian nation lost amid the Muslims and pagans of the Orient, in which the Patriarch of the Saint Thomas Christians resided.

Antique map of Prester John’s kingdom in Ethiopia, by Ortelius. The Latin reads: ‘A description of the Empire of Prester John of the Abyssinians.’ Note the little drawings of elephants scattered about.

Prester John Il prete Ianni, Re d'Ethiopia. Priest John (Prester John) continued for centuries what still capture the imagination throughout Europe. Until the eighteenth century in Europe you find Heroic portraits of him.

Prester John Il prete Ianni, Re d'Ethiopia. Priest John (Prester John) continued for centuries what still capture the imagination throughout Europe. Until the eighteenth century in Europe you find Heroic portraits of him.

A map of Prester John's kingdom as Ethiopia.  Letter of Prester John.  No more of the tale is recorded until about 1165 when copies of what was certainly a forged Letter of Prester John started spreading throughout Europe.  An epistolary wonder tale with parallels suggesting its author knew the Romance of Alexander and the above-mentioned Acts of Thomas, the Letter was supposedly written to the Byzantine Emperor Manuel I Comnenus (1143–1180) by Prester John, descendant of one of the Three…

century map of Prester John by Abraham Ortelius. A map of Prester John's kingdom as Ethiopia. Latin reads: "A description of the Empire of Prester John or of the Abyssinians"

Prester John - Wikipedia  Said to be King a David 2

Prester John - Wikipedia Said to be King a David 2

Prester John (Latin: Presbyter Johannes) is a legendary Christian patriarch and king popular in European chronicles and tradition from the 12th through the 17th century. He was said to rule over a Nestorian (Church of the East) Christian nation lost amid the Muslims and pagans of the Orient.

Depiction of Wang Khan as "Prester John"in Le liver des Merveilles century

Depiction of the Kerait ruler Ong Khan as "Prester John" in "Le Livre des Merveilles", 15th century

Depiction of the Kerait ruler Ong Khan as "Prester John" in "Le Livre des Merveilles", century

The Panotti were giant eared creatures

The Medieval World: Beasts, Monsters, and the Kingdom of Prester John

Royals Bibliomancy: Lesson Five from The Realm of Prester John by Robert Silverberg - Royals Review

Royals Bibliomancy: Lesson Five from The Realm of Prester John by Robert Silverberg - Royals Review

Cristofano dell’Altissimo Portrait of Lebna Dengel/Emperor Dawit II of Ethiopia  Italy (c. 1550s)

Cristofano dell’Altissimo Portrait of Lebna Dengel/Emperor Dawit II of Ethiopia Italy (c. From Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe: “ Then there are extraordinary cases of African rulers who… commissioned European-style.

That moment when you have work in the morning but Prester John awaits....

That moment when you have work in the morning but Prester John awaits....

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