The African Prester John and the Birth of Ethiopian-European Relations, 1402-1555 Hardback

by Matteo Salvadore;


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The African Prester John and the Birth of Ethiopian-European Relations, 1402-1555

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From the 14th century onward, political and religious motives led Ethiopian travelers to Mediterranean Europe. For two centuries, their ancient Christian heritage and the myth of a fabled eastern king named Prester John allowed the Ethiopians to engage the continent's secular and religious elites as peers. Meanwhile, back home the Ethiopian nobility came to welcome European visitors and at times even co-opted them by arranging mixed marriages and bestowing land rights. The protagonists of this encounter sought and discovered each other in royal palaces, monasteries, and markets throughout the Mediterranean basin, the Red Sea, and the Indian Ocean littoral, from Lisbon to Jerusalem and from Venice to Goa. Matteo Salvadore's narrative takes the reader on a voyage of reciprocal discovery that climaxed with the Portuguese intervention on the side of the Christian monarchy in the Ethiopian-Adali War. Thereafter, the arrival of the Jesuits at the Horn of Africa turned the mutually beneficial Ethiopian-European encounter into a bitter confrontation over the souls of Ethiopian Christians.

The African Prester John and the Birth of Ethiopian-European Relations, 1402-1555 by Matteo Salvadore was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in July 2016. The ISBN for The African Prester John and the Birth of Ethiopian-European Relations, 1402-1555 is 9781472418913.

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Page last updated 19th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (July 2016)
Weight476g
Number of Pages256
Thickness25 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9781472418913
ISBN-101472418913
Product Code4456033
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