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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 105: In Search of the Apocalypse: New Research on Prester John, Prophecy, and Exploration

Monday 6 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Arc Humanities Press
Organiser:John Eldevik, Department of History, Hamilton College, New York
Moderator/Chair:John Eldevik, Department of History, Hamilton College, New York
Paper 105-aMonastic Cosmologies and Manuscript Matrices: The Earliest Copies of Prester John's Letter
(Language: English)
John Eldevik, Department of History, Hamilton College, New York
Index terms: Crusades, Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 105-bThe Motif of the 'Dry Tree': Between mirabilia Orientis and Crusading Eschatology
(Language: English)
Marco Giardini, Independent Scholar, Ferrara
Index terms: Crusades, Theology
Paper 105-cProphecy and 'Discovery': Christopher Columbus's Journey to the Far East
(Language: English)
Irene Malfatto, John Carter Brown Library, Rhode Island
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Theology

This panel explores a series of intertwining themes that grew out of the extraordinary impact of the so-called legend of Prester John and later medieval European efforts to document and create knowledge about the East, particularly through the lenses of salvation history, the Crusades, and eschatological concerns. This session brings together three papers that explore both the genesis and the long-term consequences of this way of understanding the significance of Asia from a variety of historical perspectives and time periods, from the twelfth century through Columbus's voyages.