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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 Naughty Bedtime Stories (Naughty Bedtime Series Book 2) 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

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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 Really beautiful descriptions of the Middle East and Africa I loved the Lebanese nightclub description the Ethiopian churches the refugees in the West Bank the castle in the Sudanese desert It's an epic trip and it's described in a really colourful way It may be too expressive for some people's taste but it made me laugh so much and I really really love the wierd charts probably best for people who like their travel writing to be a bit bonkers As Bees in Honey Drown religious tensions to accounts of eccentric customs Historic Hahns Peak 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 Cupcakes, Lies, and Dead Guys (Annie Graceland Mystery readable account of an extraordinary journey Really beautiful descriptions of the Middle East and Africa I loved the Lebanese nightclub description the Ethiopian churches the Zombie CSU refugees in the West Bank the castle in the Sudanese desert It's an epic trip and it's described in a Conquerors really colourful way It may be too expressive for some people's taste but it made me laugh so much and I The Legacy Chronicles: Chasing Ghosts really Deathcaster (Shattered Realms, really love the wierd charts probably best for people who like their travel writing to be a bit bonkers

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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 The Legacy Chronicles: Chasing Ghosts 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 Deathcaster (Shattered Realms, read a novel this long It is drowned in adjectives and gerundives certainly not an easy A Peoples Tragedy read The detailed historical development doesn't help with Out of the Ashes 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10 thoughts on “The Prester uest

  1. says:

    As much as I like reading travelogues filled with historical facts the narrative of this book is completely scattered I couldn't even get past Chapter 2 without losing interest


  2. says:

    If you want to write a travelogue it helps to be an interesting person who does interesting things


  3. says:

    I wanted to like this but found the style hugely annoying


  4. says:

    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


  5. says:

    I learned a lot from this book There was a wealth of detail from both Crusade and modern times I felt I was getting some insight into the social and political history of the Middle East and beyond but it was hard going at times I never really bought into the premise of the trip that they were recreating an historic journey eitherI stopped reading this book than once but kept coming back to it and would persevere after finding some other interesting fact only to stop again after feeling bogged down in detail The author also likes to challenge your vocabulary in just a few pages I came across haruspex nictitating and thurifering all of which I had to look upUltimately I never did uite finish it having run out of time very overdue at the library but I would read something else written by the same author


  6. says:

    I'm giving this two although some of the writing bordered on 2 12 The whole thing was a bit undergrad I didn't find Jubber as annoying as other reviewers but his travelling companion certainly came across as a complete twat I thought the book fell between the two stools of history and travel writing not succeeding as either; the ending in Ethiopia was a particularly damp suib A shame because it's certainly an interesting story still waiting to be well writeen Anyone interested in the religious terrain of the Eastern Mediterranean should avoid this and read William Dalrymple's masterful From the Holy Mountain instead


  7. says:

    The old saying Don't judge a book by its cover is certainly true On the cover of this book were the words gloriously entertainingsuspensehigh adventure This led me to believe that I was going to read a book along the lines of a Clive Cussler novel I was so wrong Had I looked inside I might have noticed the presence of a glossary an index and 2 appendices This was certainly not fiction It was a travelogue suffused with history The author followed in the footsteps of a man who lived 828 years before The book actually told me than I wanted to know For me it was a hard read


  8. says:

    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


  9. says:

    Really beautiful descriptions of the Middle East and Africa I loved the Lebanese nightclub description the Ethiopian churches the refugees in the West Bank the castle in the Sudanese desert It's an epic trip and it's described in a really colourful way It may be too expressive for some people's taste but it made me laugh so much and I really really love the wierd charts probably best for people who like their travel writing to be a bit bonkers


  10. says:

    A travelogue; two Englishmen set off from Rome to Ethiopia following a medieval traveller Master Philip who went in search of Prester John Jubber's writing style palls after a while