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In 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 The Prester eBook #223 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 Alexand. If you want to write a travelogue it helps to be an interesting person who does interesting things

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Ster JohnFrom 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

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Er's letter 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 Pre. 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


About the Author: Nicholas Jubber

I'm a writer and traveller with a passion for history and a pair of itchy feet I'm fascinated by storytelling nomadism exploration and the connections or misconnections between past and presentI've written four books so far My latest is Epic Continent about some of Europe's iconic tales and The Prester eBook ß my adventures amongst them Before that was The Timbuktu School for Nomads about my experiences a.



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 pres

  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 b

  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 en

  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 entert

  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 suff

  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 describ

  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

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