Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500

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 The Letter of Prester John
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The Letter of Prester John

Date: Second half of the 12th century or early 13th century

Original Language: Latin


The existence of a priest-cum-king named John, a Nestorian Christian dwelling ‘in the furthest east, beyond Persia and Armenia’ and descended from the Magi of the Nativity story, is first mentioned in the chronicle De duabus civitatibus (‘The two cities’) of Otto, Bishop of Freising (q.v.), whose informant was the Frankish bishop of Jaba…

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Jackson, Peter, “ The Letter of Prester John”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 14 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2010

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