Prestor John


Prester_John_map.jpg
A map of Prester John's kingdom as Ethiopia


In Our Time, 4 June 2015
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05wyq5m
Published on Jun 9, 2015

" In the Middle Ages, Prester John was seen as the great hope for Crusaders struggling to hold on to, then regain, Jerusalem. He was thought to rule a lost Christian kingdom somewhere in the East and was ready to attack Muslim opponents with his enormous armies. There was apparent proof of Prester John's existence, in letters purportedly from him and in stories from travelers who claimed they had met, if not him, then people who had news of him. Most pointed to a home in the earthly paradise in the Indies, outside Eden, with fantastical animals and unimaginable riches. Later, Portuguese explorers thought they had found him in Ethiopia, despite the mystified denials of people there. Why was the legend was so strongly believed for so long, and what facts helped sustain the myths?"

In Search of Prester John

Published on Apr 25, 2015

In Search of Prester John
Greetings, folks! Today we're off to distant lands in search of the mythical monarch Prester John! It may seem like we cover a lot in this episode, but I assure you we only scratched the surface...


"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. The accounts are varied collections of medieval popular fantasy, depicting Prester John as a descendant of the Three Magi, ruling a kingdom full of riches, marvels, and strange creatures.
"At first, Prester John was imagined to reside in India; tales of the Nestorian Christians' evangelistic success there and of Thomas the Apostle's subcontinental travels probably provided the first seeds of the legend. After the coming of the Mongols to the Western world, accounts placed the king in Central Asia, and eventually Portuguese explorers convinced themselves that they had found him in Ethiopia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prester_John

Web links: