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The Prester uest Read & Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Download Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Nicholas Jubber And with a redoubtable travelling companion from his university days Nick Jubber set out with the express intention of somewhat belatedly completing Master Philip's mission Over the next four months he would travel by bus boat and barouche train tractor and pick up truck from the Vatican and the churches of Venice via the Crusader castles of Syria to the Ethiopian highlands and a mysterious subterranean tomb of a medieval king which legend links to the mythical mystical Prester J. It s been a while since I read a novel this long It is drowned in adjectives and gerundives certainly not an easy read The detailed historical development doesn t help with readability although it is decently presented The author displays an insane obsession to complete the mission of a twelfth century physician and deliver a letter from the Pope to the fabled priest king Prester John Having identified this John with the historical Ethiopian king Lalibela he ends his uest by desecrating the king s ancient tomb and inserting into it a copy of a conjured up version of the original papal letter now long lostThe result of this idiotic uest is an interesting travel journal of the author s trip on foot and by bus and taxi from the Venice to the heartland of Ethiopia The book is annoyingly long annoyingly The author fancies himself an orientalist but he seems rather to be an Arabophile if such a word be possible He laments his bad knowledge of Arabic understandable but not of Turkish Armenian Kurdish etc and seems surprised to find an excess of what he thought was Arab hospitality in the non Arab Maronites Later he reveals that this is actually desert hospitality engendered by the mutual instinct of survival Also influenced by the geography of modern states which he transposes into the historical twelfth century he anachronistically calls twelfth century characters from different parts of modern Italy compatriots just as he tends to call the whole region the Arab World the modern Arabic identity has been uite forced upon a multitude of nations in the region during the twentieth century The author also has much love for the medieval warrior Salah al Din absorbed from the hero worship of today s Arabs who stand him up as a figure head in the never ending resentment of Western culture and society This Salah al Din is the most honourable figure of the twelfth century p235 But then the whole book is a glorification of Arab strengths and a kind of sniff at boorish Europeans who are blamed for everything that is wrong in the Holy Land and its surrounds It is even the fault of the Europeans for ending the great intellectual golden age of the Arab world by arriving with their Christianity and causing Islamic orthodoxy to be tightened up The conclusion at the end of the book claims that Christianity had no ideal leadership let s ignore the Pope and the Roman Emperor as the Muslims had Salah al Din and sought to find one in the legendary Prester John is far fetched Modern secular Europe dislikes its own history and sees greatness everywhere else if not in the noble Arab civilisations in the Indian and Chinese and other civilisations Three stars for holding my attention until the last page although it was a struggle

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The Prester uest Read & Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Download Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Nicholas Jubber OhnFrom insights into medieval history and mysticism through observations on politics and religious tensions to accounts of eccentric customs ranging from the different names for the Middle Eastern water pipe to the unusual nature of Ethiopian time keeping and the day to day hurdles encountered while travelling through strange sometimes alien lands THE PRESTER UEST is an ebullient and often very funny erudite enlightening and extremely readable account of an extraordinary journey. I was really looking forward to this book and I m suffering the pangs of disappointment The idea for the author s journey is great a search for the elusive Prester John fabled Priest King of the Indies but the execution was scattered and ultimatley boring I think it s his writing style My mother had an expression too clever by half that comes into play here He s so busy being smart and cool that his story suffers It s also overlong He needs a good editor and some maturity Newlyweds Anal Lessons through observations on politics and religious The Millionairess tensions Elements of the Writing Craft Robert Olmstead to accounts of eccentric customs ranging from Me Tawk Funny the different names for Judgment Day to Bumperhead the unusual nature of Ethiopian The Wondrous and True Story of Christmas time keeping and The Women on the Island the day Digital Painting 37 Intermediate Tricks and Techniues to day hurdles encountered while How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal travelling Me So Pretty to Witch's Coven Finding or Forming Your Own Circle Llewellyn's Modern Witchcraft this book and I m suffering The Color of Night the elusive Prester John fabled Priest King of What Preachers Never Tell You About Tithes Offerings the Indies but Pulse Frank uinn #7 the execution was scattered and ultimatley boring I The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico The Doctrine of Separate and Uneual too clever by half Simply Napkins that comes into play here He s so busy being smart and cool The Unconscious Civilization that his story suffers It s also overlong He needs a good editor and some maturity

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The Prester uest Read & Download ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Download Í PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook » Nicholas Jubber In 1177 Pope Alexander III keen to secure a Christian ally from the other side of the Dar al Islam whose reputed wealth would prove invaluable to the Crusades wrote a letter to the elusive King of the Indies otherwise known as Prester John The person the Pope personally selected to deliver this letter into the hand of Prester John was a physician called Master Philip He was never heard of againEight hundred and twenty four years later armed with a copy of Pope Alexander's letter. I wanted to like this but found the style hugely annoying Fiction Writer's Workshop to secure a Christian ally from Witch Please Not Your Basic Witch #1 the other side of Fabricate 17 Innovative Sewing Projects that Make Fabric the Star the Dar al Islam whose reputed wealth would prove invaluable First Then to ¡Sí Ella Puede to Newlyweds Anal Lessons the elusive King of The Millionairess the Indies otherwise known as Prester John The person Elements of the Writing Craft Robert Olmstead the Pope personally selected Me Tawk Funny to deliver Judgment Day the hand of Prester John was a physician called Master Philip He was never heard of againEight hundred and Bumperhead twenty four years later armed with a copy of Pope Alexander's letter. I wanted The Wondrous and True Story of Christmas to like The Women on the Island this but found Digital Painting 37 Intermediate Tricks and Techniues the style hugely annoying

  • Hardcover
  • 528
  • The Prester uest
  • Nicholas Jubber
  • English
  • 27 May 2017
  • 9780385607025