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The Prester Quest

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 again... ight hundred and twenty-four years later, armed with a copy of Pope Alexander's letter and with a redoubtable travelling companion from his university days, Nick Jubber set out from Venice with the express intention of somewhat belatedly completing Master Philip's mission. Over the next four months he would travel by bus, train, tractor and horse-drawn cart around the Eastern Mediterranean, through the Middle East and North Africa before homing in on Ethiopia and the closely-guarded tomb of a medieval king who legend links with the mythical, mystical figure of Prester John. rom 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
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Hugely entertaining account of a modern journey following in the footsteps of a medieval emissary...

About the Author

Nicholas Jubber was educated at Downside School and Oxford University. His travels have taken him through South America, Africa, the Middle East and many parts of Asia, and he has written for the Tablet, Boston's Globe and Mail and the Lebanese Daily Star. The Prester Quest is his first book.


"'Gloriously entertaining...a heady blend of epic riddle and historical jigsaw that is written with exuberance, confidence and passion'" -- GILES MILTON "'Engrossing and highly enjoyable...a sumptuous, entertaining and informative historical romp'" SPECTATOR "'Excellent...he attacks his task with admirable energy and enthusiasm'" SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "'An inspiring madness, bright with medieval fervour for the obscure, yet softened by scepticism and unflagging humour...the modern mystical travelogue has here been given new ending that justifies the book all on its own'" INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY "'A noble, scholarly quest, or a comic Da Vinci Code, or a sort of Bill and Ted do the Crusades. Much fun'." -- Ham and High Express

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