Prester John

Prester John
(? twelfth century)
   Legendary Monarch.
   Prester (Presbyter) John was a priestly king who was said to have conquered the Muslims and who would eventually liberate the Holy Land. The story first appears in the Chronicle of Otto of Freising and Pope Alexander III’s letter ‘to the most holy prince, the King of India’, written in 1177, may have been written to him. Other scholars have identified Prester John with the Chinese Prince, Gor Khan, who did defeat the Persian Sultan in 1141 or, alternatively, with a King of Ethiopia.
   L.N. Gumilev, Searches for an Imaginary Kingdom: The Legend of the Kingdom of Prester John (1987);
   A.P. Newton (ed.), Travel and Travellers in the Middle Ages (1926);
   C.E. Nowell, ‘The historical Prester John’, Speculum, xxviii (1953);
   E. Ullendorf, The Hebrew Letters of Prester John (1982).

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