Tue, 09.04.2024 17:00

Reading Prester John: Cultural Fantasy and its Manuscript Contexts

First IMAFO Alumni Lecture by John Eldevik

Paris, BNF, Lat. 3359, fol. 143a.

The medieval legend of Prester John, a mythical Christian emperor of India, has been the object of both scholarly and popular fascination for well over a century and a half. In a new study, John Eldevik examines the origins of the famous "Letter of Prester John," which popularized the myth in twelfth-century Europe, with particular attention to how this text found its way into various manuscripts and how the content associated with it in those books provide clues about it's meaning and significance for the communities that copied it.



Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 17:00


Postsparkasse, Georg-Coch-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna
Seminar Room 4A.1, 4th Floor (= Besprechungsraum 4)


Institute for Medieval Research
Dep. Historical Identity Research


Dr. Maximilian Diesenberger