The International Prester John Project: How A Global Legend Was Created Across Six Centuries

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Origins through the Fifth Crusade

This first era covers the legend of Prester John from its inception in the twelfth century through John's prophesied arrival in Egypt during the Fifth Crusade. The narrative portion of the path can be found in the following pages. This section includes a page on the legend prior to the Letter of Prester John, a page on the Letter itself, and a page on the most immediate adaptations of the Letter. The last two pages of the path feature interactive maps and links to pages on the texts and authors featured on those maps. 

Follow the path below for the full treatment of this period. Click here to skip to the text/author map and here to move to the map depicting postulated locations of John's kingdom in Era One. 

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