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Searches for an Imaginary Kingdom: The Legend of the Kingdom of Prester John

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The so called 'Kingdom of Prester John' was a Christian power thought to exist in Central Asia at the time of the twelfth-century crusades. At a deeper level, for the steppe peoples it constitutes a distant dynamic which led to the world-shattering rise of Mongol power under Chinggis (Genghis) Khan. The book ranges widely in subject matter, space and time. Christian histor ...more
Paperback, 428 pages
Published December 29th 2008 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 29th 1988)
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Bryn Hammond
Dec 22, 2011 Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing
This is a crazy book too, of which I am very fond, for its originality - major originality.

I found it chaotic to read the first time, but not the second.

He has a few weird theories. I disagree madly with one or two. For me, though, he has three pages on Mongol religion that are beyond price - absolutely unique. For you - God knows what you might find in this flight of adventurous scholarship.

What's it about? Ah... Christianity on the steppe, might be the main topic - an investigation into the
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Nov 03, 2013 Kenghis Khan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard book to assess. On the one hand, the author is incredibly well-versed and combines that spectacular quality for careful scholarship with bold imaginativeness that is rare among professional historians. On the other hand, there is an excessively speculative element that compromises the work's impact. Ostensibly a history of Nestorian Christianity in the Eurasian steppe, the work's main bombshell, which the author credits to the methods of "Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown and Agatha C ...more
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Jun 02, 2016 Koray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Şu an Türkçede "Muhayyel Hükümdarlığın İzinde" adıyla yayınlanıyor. kitap bütün Gumilëv çalışmaların bir özeti gibi. Hunlar'dan sonraki bilgilerim temize çekildi. Kitap sayesinde esasli bir kronoloji yaptim ve bozkir halklari hakkinda kafamda daha az soru isareti var artik. Huzur icinde yat Gumilëv...
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Лев Николаевич Гумилёв - советский и российский историк-этнолог, востоковед, доктор исторических и географических наук (вторая докторская степень не утверждена ВАК), переводчик с персидского языка. Основоположник пассионарной теории этногенеза.Лев Гумилёв предложил комплекс оригинальных методов изучения этногенеза, заключающихся в параллельном изучении исторических сведений о климате, геологии и г ...more
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