Prisoners of Prester John

Prisoners of Prester John

After duly marshalling the annual payment under the Prester's eyes, however, he was arrested. When, soon afterwards, the Court picked up stakes and began traveling to a new location, our priest caught sight of the prisoner riding past ...

Author: Cates Baldridge

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786490196

Category: History

Page: 305

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During the 16th century, Portugal endeavored to locate the mythical kingdom of Prester John—a Christian nation rumored to be somewhere in the Orient, amidst the pagans and Muslims. This study chronicles Portugal’s final attempt, a six-year odyssey in Ethiopia that resulted in a tragicomic collision with a proud but isolated Christian kingdom. After summarizing the Prester John myth and the many efforts it spawned, the work focuses on the Ethiopian mission’s chronicler, Father Francisco Álvares, who fell in love with the country and its people, became a friend of its king, hid the Abyssinians’ heresies from his superiors, and set in motion events that saved Ethiopia from imminent destruction. Unique in the annals of Europeans’ initial contacts with African peoples, the Portuguese mission is a portrait of hopeful preconceptions buffeted and eventually transformed by encounters with a fascinating, utterly unexpected reality.
Categories: History

Prisoners of Prester John

Prisoners of Prester John

After summarizing the Prester John myth and the many efforts it spawned, the work focuses on the Ethiopian mission's chronicler, Father Francisco Alvares, who fell in love with the country and its people, became a friend of its king, hid ...

Author: Cates Baldridge

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786468009

Category: History

Page: 295

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"Chronicles Portugal's 16th century final attempt to locate the mythical kingdom of Prester John (a Christian nation rumored to be somewhere amidst pagans and Muslims), a six-year odyssey in Ethiopia resulting in collision with an isolated Christian kingdom. Summarizes Prester John myth and efforts it spawned. Focuses on the Ethiopian mission's chronicler, Father Francisco âAlvares"--Provided by publisher.
Categories: History

The Prester John of the Indies

The Prester John of the Indies

A True Relation of the Lands of the Prester John, being the narrative of the Portuguese Embassy to Ethiopia in 1520, ... However, when he learnt of this, Abdenaguo came to our help and ordered these Moors to be made prisoners whom he ...

Author: C.F. Beckingham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351541329

Category: History

Page: 519

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This is an account of the Portuguese mission which landed at Massawa on the west coast of the Red Sea in April 1520 and re-embarked 6 years later. It was the first European embassy known to have reached the Ethiopian court and returned safely from it. It was a small group of fourteen, among whom was the chronicler Alvares, who wrote the most detailed early account of the country, valuable for Ethiopian history and the history of the expansion of Europe. Alvares's account was translated into English for the Hakluyt Society by Lord Stanley in 1881. This revision makes use of sources since discovered, corrects certain errors, and modifies the style of the early version. There is an introduction, detailed annotation and a number of appendices. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volumes first published in 1961.
Categories: History

The Prester John Legend between East and West During the Crusades

The Prester John Legend between East and West During the Crusades

Adding to that, the Letter mirrored the crisis over the schism between Emperor Frederick 6 Cates Baldridge, Prisoners of Prester John: The Portuguese Mission to Ethiopia in Search of the Mythical King, 1520-1526 (Jefferson and London: ...

Author: Ahmed M. A. Sheir

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9786156405296

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 369

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This book considers the history of the Prester John legend and its impact on the Crusades, investigating its entangled mythical history between East and West during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The present study thus responds to the still pressing need for a comprehensive historical investigation of the twelfth and thirteenth crusading history of the legend and its impact on the Muslim-Crusader encounters, examining various Latin, Arabic, Syriac, and Coptic accounts. It further reflects on new eastern aspects of the legend, presenting a new Arab scholarly view. This book first charts a pre-history of the legend in the late ancient Christian prophecy of the Last Emperor down to the emergence of the legend in the mid-twelfth century. Second, the work presents a historical discussion of the legend and its association with actual occurrences in the Far East and the Levant, analysing the legend history under the crusading crisis and the imperial papal schism in Europe. Meanwhile, the work considers the vague Prester John Letter addressed to Manuel I Komnenus, Byzantine Emperor, and its elaborate conception of a mythical eastern kingdom, revealing imaginative parallels on the wondrous East and legendary Eastern Christian kings in Arabic Muslim and Christian accounts of the Muslim geographer and cartographer al-Idrisi, the Coptic Abu al-Makarim and the Syriac Ibn al-'Ibri (Bar Hebraeus), among others. Moreover, the book examines how the legend impacted war and peace processes between the Ayyubids and the Crusaders during the Fifth Crusade against Egypt (1217-1221), revealing how it was mingled with Arabic and Eastern Christian prophecies at the time. The study concludes by investigating the perception of Prester John by the papal and European envoys to the Mongols in the thirteenth century, revealing how the legend was instrumentalised (and even weaponised) to establish a Latin-Mongol crusade through a parallel exploration of relevant Latin, Arabic and Syriac sources.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Abyssinia and Its People

Abyssinia and Its People

Consists of quotations from accounts of various travelers to Abyssinia.

Author: John Camden Hotten

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015026992605

Category: Ethiopia

Page: 424

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Consists of quotations from accounts of various travelers to Abyssinia.
Categories: Ethiopia

Medieval Ethiopian Kingship Craft and Diplomacy with Latin Europe

Medieval Ethiopian Kingship  Craft  and Diplomacy with Latin Europe

Salvadore, 'The Ethiopian Age of Exploration: Prester John's Discovery of Europe, 1306–1458'; Cates Baldridge, Prisoners of Prester John: The Portuguese Mission to Ethiopia in Search of the Mythical King, 1520–1526 (Jefferson: McFarland ...

Author: Verena Krebs

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030649340

Category: History

Page: 308

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This book explores why Ethiopian kings pursued long-distance diplomatic contacts with Latin Europe in the late Middle Ages. It traces the history of more than a dozen embassies dispatched to the Latin West by the kings of Solomonic Ethiopia, a powerful Christian kingdom in the medieval Horn of Africa. Drawing on sources from Europe, Ethiopia, and Egypt, it examines the Ethiopian kings’ motivations for sending out their missions in the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries – and argues that a desire to acquire religious treasures and foreign artisans drove this early intercontinental diplomacy. Moreover, the Ethiopian initiation of contacts with the distant Christian sphere of Latin Europe appears to have been intimately connected to a local political agenda of building monumental ecclesiastical architecture in the North-East African highlands, and asserted the Ethiopian rulers’ claim of universal kingship and rightful descent from the biblical king Solomon. Shedding new light on the self-identity of a late medieval African dynasty at the height of its power, this book challenges conventional narratives of African-European encounters on the eve of the so-called ‘Age of Exploration'.
Categories: History

Christian Muslim Relations A Bibliographical History Volume 6 Western Europe 1500 1600

Christian Muslim Relations  A Bibliographical History  Volume 6 Western Europe  1500 1600

Western Europe (1500-1600) David Thomas, John A. Chesworth ... 25 For the Prester John narrative, see: C.F. Beckingham, The achievements of Prester John, London, 1966; F. Alvares, ... 101-2; C. Baldridge, Prisoners of Prester John.

Author: David Thomas

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004281110

Category: Religion

Page: 902

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Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History, volume 6 (CMR 6) covers all the works on Christian-Muslim relations in the years 1500-1600. The essays and detailed entries it contains give descriptions, evaluations and comprehensive bibliographical details of nearly 300 works from this century.
Categories: Religion

The Land of Prester John A Chronicle of Portuguese Exploration

The Land of Prester John   A Chronicle of Portuguese Exploration

Frontispiece of the first edition of Father Francisco Alvaress book on Ethiopia 156.

Author: Elaine Sanceau

Publisher: Gardiner Press

ISBN: 9781443724302

Category: History

Page: 272

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THE LAND OF Prester John- A Chronicle of Portuguese Exploration By Elaine Sanceau. Contents include: HOW PORTUGAL SOUGHT PRESTER JOHN Chapter Page 1. THE WANDERING MYTH 3 2. THE LOST FORERUNNER 13 3. THE ODYSSEY OF MATTHEW 20 4. A DREAM IN THE DESERT 35 5. A FRUSTRATED MISSION 46 6. THE IMPROVISED EMBASSY 62 7. PRESTER JOHN AT LAST 76 8. A PROLONGED VISIT 86 PARTII HOW PORTUGAL SAVED PRESTER JOHN 9. THE PATRIARCHS RECRUITS 105 10. DOM GKISIOVAO TO THE RESCOE 117 11 DOM GRISTOVAO AND THE ETHIOPIAN QDEEN 123 12. THE CLASH OF ARMS 133 1 GRANYES REVENGE 142 14. ETHIOPIA DELIVERED 150 vfi Contents III THE PAtflWG OF THE WAYS Uhapter Page 15. HERESY AND SCHISM 165 16. THE BISHOP TAKES A HAND 170 17. WHAT TRAVELLERS TO ABYSSINIA MIGHT EXPECT 184 18. SUCCESS 200 19. THE ALTERNATIVE ROUTE 209 20. ROME VERSUS ALEXANDRIA 217 21. THE END OF A DREAM 229 NOTES 235 CHRONOLOGY 237 BIBLIOGRAPHY 241 MAPS AND ILLUSTRATION Map showing relationship of Portuguese India to the land of Prester John - 40 Map of Abyssinia showing itineraries of Dom Cristovao da Gama and Dom Rodigo de Lima 70 Coasts of the Red Sea in 1513 124. Frontispiece of the first edition of Father Francisco Alvaress book on Ethiopia 156. The modern traveller, lolling time at Estoril while waiting for a passage on the Clipper, does not often give much thought to the country he is passing through. A kindly people, and a sunny sky some bathing, and some golf perhaps a smoke less city drenched in light hanging picturesquely from pre cipitous hills above a broad blue river may well be all that Portugal will stand for in his memory. He is far too apt to for get the world history that was prepared beside these smiling shores. He may not realize that he owes it to Portugal that he should be a modern traveller at aB This blue estuary shining in the sun was the highway that first led ships to the worlds end. The simple courteous people that he sees around descend from pioneers. They are a nation that has lived adventurously and made its mark upon the earth. Its traces may be found over four continents. Portugal has had an African adventure, as witnessed by the batdemented towers she left beside Moroccan beaches, by the names she wrote on the map, and the vast territories of Angola, Mozam bique, and Guinea, where she is mistress still. She had an American adventure too, and founded a great nation on the far shore of the Atlantic to grow amid the riches of the forests and the mountains of Brazil Introduction Her Indian adventure can still be traced today by ruined fortresses at all strategic points around the Indian Ocean, and her language is spoken still throughout the Orient where men of Portuguese descent are found among the native races from East Africa to the spice archipelagoes of the Pacific. There was an Abyssinian adventure as well, of which fewer traces remain a side-line it turned out to be and yet in many ways it was the strangest and the most heroic of all. It was not intended as a side-line when first embarked upon quite the contrary. Henry the Navigator and the kings who continued his task looked to the Christian Empire of Ethiopia as the cornerstone of their great enterprise. To understand their dream we must go back to mediaeval times and remem ber the Holy War waged by Christians against the Moslem hordes, for ever threatening to engulf Europe...
Categories: History

The Prester John of the Indies

The Prester John of the Indies

A True Relation of the Lands of the Prester John, Being the Narrative of the Portuguese Embassy to Ethiopia in 1520 Francisco Alvares. Chapter CXXIII . Which speaks of the nature of the prison . In front of this tent or house of justice ...

Author: Francisco Alvares

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015005123214

Category: Ethiopia

Page: 316

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Categories: Ethiopia