Prester John is a legendary Christian patriarch and king popular in European chronicles and tradition from the through the century. He was said to rule over a Nestorian Christian nation lost amid the Muslims and pagans of the Orient.
Antique map of Prester John’s kingdom in Ethiopia, by Ortelius. The Latin reads: ‘A description of the Empire of Prester John of the Abyssinians.’ Note the little drawings of elephants scattered about.
Cristofano dell’Altissimo Portrait of Lebna Dengel/Emperor Dawit II of Ethiopia Italy (c. From Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe: “ Then there are extraordinary cases of African rulers who… commissioned European-style.