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Prester John : the legend and its sources

Author: Keagan Brewer
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2015.
Series: Crusade texts in translation, 27.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The legend of Prester John has received much scholarly attention over the last hundred years, but never before have the sources been collected and coherently presented to readers. This book now brings together a fully-representative set of texts setting out the many and various sources from which we get our knowledge of the legend. These texts, spanning a time period from the Crusades to the Enlightenment, are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Prester John
(DLC) 2014043573
(OCoLC)903247614
Named Person: Prester John, (Legendary character); Prester John, (Legendary character)
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Keagan Brewer
ISBN: 9781409438083 1409438082
OCLC Number: 908336562
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Contents; Foreword; Introduction Believing in Prester John; Section 1 --
The Beginnings of Prester John (Twelfth Century); Section 2 --
Prester John and the Fifth Crusade (Early Thirteenth Century); Section 3 --
Mongols and Travel Writers (Mid-Thirteenth to Fourteenth Centuries); Section 4 --
Prester John in Africa (Fifteenth to Early Seventeenth Centuries); Section 5 --
Legends and Lies(Late Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries); Section 6 --
Unravelling Prester John (Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries); Appendix 1 --
Annotated Listof Primary Sources. Appendix 2 --
The Manuscript Traditions ofthe Prester John LetterAppendix 3 --
Prester John in Maps; Abbreviations; Select Bibliography of Secondary Sources; Index.
Series Title: Crusade texts in translation, 27.
Responsibility: compiled and translated by Keagan Brewer.

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The legend of Prester John has received much scholarly attention over the last hundred years, but never before have the sources been collected and coherently presented to readers. This book now brings together a fully-representative set of texts setting out the many and various sources from which we get our knowledge of the legend. These texts, spanning a time period from the Crusades to the Enlightenment, are presented in their original languages and in English translation (for many it is the first time they have been available in English). The story of the mysterious oriental leader Preste.

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