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    Prester John

    Prester John was the "Monk" who led the "Peasant's Crusade" in the 11th
    They were slaughtered.

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    Robert Harper

    Prester John

    At 05:30 PM 8/1/97 -0400, you wrote:
    >Prester John was the "Monk" who led the "Peasant's Crusade" in the 11th
    >They were slaughtered.

    I'm not sure what this has to do with Birthright, but I think you are
    thinking of Peter the Hermit, who lead an ill fated pilgrim army wiped out
    by Muslims in Anatolia (don't feel too sorry for them, they were massacring
    jews as they marched east to fight the Muslims). This is called the
    Peasant's Crusade, and happened during the First Crusade of 1096-1099, the
    only 11th Century Crusade. The main Crusade itself was successful and lead
    to the creation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, or Outremer.

    Prester John is connected, indirectly, with the crusades. He was a mythical
    Christian ruler in Africa. The product of wishful thinking from the era of
    the Crusades.

    Europe's Christian rulers sought to form an anti-Muslim alliance with the
    realm of Prester (or Presbyter) John, a legendary Christian king whose
    domain was believed to be somewhere in southwest Asia or northeast Africa,
    just beyond the Islamic empire. (Mistaken) accounts of his heroic struggles
    against the Muslims were first recorded by Bishop Otto of Freising in 1145.
    Around 1165 a letter was circulated in Europe in which "Prester John"
    addressed various European rulers. Early in the age of European
    exploration, overland and maritime missions from Portugal sought to find the
    kingdom of Prester John. When Ethiopia was reached in 1493 by Pero da
    Covilha, its rulers, who were Coptic Christians, were quickly identified
    with Prester John. Portuguese missions to Ethiopia in the 16th century
    reinforced the Prester John legend, but it subsequently died out as
    geographical knowledge improved and interest in Christian alliances declined.

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    Prester John

    In a message dated 97-08-02 02:00:54 EDT, you write:

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