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prester

[′pres·tər]
(meteorology)
A whirlwind or waterspout accompanied by lightning in the Mediterranean Sea and Greece.
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The Rare and Most Wonderfull Things which Edward Webbe an Englishman borne, hath seene and passed in his troublesome trauailes, in the cities of Ierusalem, Damasko, Bethlem and Galely: and in the lands of Iewrie, Egypt, Grecia, Russia, and Prester Iohn.
(26) The Prester John of the Indies: A True relation of the lands of the Prester John..., rev.
They also heard tales of Prester John, the legendary Christian ruler, whose kingdom was said to be far in the African interior.
The Ethiops, whether collectively or in the guises of Prester John and Caspar, one of the magi, were admired.
When Prester John, the legendary Christian king of the East and the anticipated saviour of the West from the infidel, was not found in Asia, his kingdom was relocated in Africa.
. "'Si oncq' lettres ou parolles eurent vigueur et puissance de pouvoir prester salut': Writing as Therapy in Helisenne de Crenne." In Parcours et rencontres: Melanges de langue, d'histoire, et de litterature francaises offerts a Enea Balmas, ed.
Unlike the Belgian exhibition though, the RA's visitors will in the words of the curator, artist Tom Phillips, `make a circular journey around the whole continent' starting off with intimate objects from primaeval and Pharaonic Egypt, taking in the neglected artistic traditions of East Africa, including Christian Ethiopia, the land of Prester John to Renaissance and medieval explorers, and, poignantly, the delicate basket decoration of the Tutsi from Rwanda.
He is at his best when he discusses landscapes that have played formative roles in his own memory, personal and ancestral: Few historians have made ancient places come alive so well as he has with his evocation of the forbidding forests of Poland's Bialowieza region, where his forebears were Jewish woodcutters who sent its logs floating down great rivers to the Baltic Sea, there to be built into the sailing ships that would send Europe off in search of still more exotic landscapes: the Asian kingdom of Prester John, the Northwest Passage, El Dorado.
The title of this work, a doctoral dissertation done in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, might be translated as The Land of Prester John and Utopia: The Representation of the Civilizations of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
I was perplexed by the attempt to go so far afield and so distant in time that there are dozens of articles on matters irrelevant either to Columbus or his context--entries, for example, on the Cape of Good Hope, the thirteenth-century Friar Carpini, Jacques Cartier, Cuzco (Mexico), Malinche, the Medicis, Naples, the printing press and Prester John.