Narrative of the Portuguese embassy to Abyssinia during the years 1520-1527

Author: Alvares, Francisco
Stanley, Henry Edward John Stanley, Baron, 1827-1903 (editor)
Uniform Title: Preste Ioam das Indias. English
Responsibility: by Father Francisco Alvarez ; translated from the Portuguese, and edited, with notes and an introduction, by Lord Stanley of Alderley
Corporate Author: Hakluyt Society
Place: London
Publisher: Printed for the Hakluyt Society
Date Published: 1881
Series: Works issued by the Hakluyt Society ; no. 64
Description: xxvii, 416 p., [1] folded leaf of plates : 1 map ; 22 cm.
Call Number: rg 963 b 1881
Subject: Alvares, Francisco--Travel--Ethiopia
Galvão, Duarte, 1446-1517--Travel--Ethiopia
Albergaria, Lopo Soares de, approximately 1453-approximately 1532--Travel--Ethiopia
Sequeira, Diogo Lopes de, 1466-1530--Travel--Ethiopia
Manuel I, King of Portugal, 1469-1521
Lebna-Dengel, Negus of Ethiopia, active 1508-1540
Explorers--Ethiopia--Biography--Early works to 1800
Explorers, Portuguese--Biography--Early works to 1800
Missionaries--Ethiopia--Biography--Early works to 1800
Ethiopia--Description and travel--Early works to 1800
Ethiopia--Discovery and exploration--Portuguese--Early works to 1800
Portugal--Foreign relations--Ethiopia--Early works to 1800
Ethiopia--Foreign relations--Portugal--Early works to 1800
Ethiopia--Social life and customs--16th century--Early works to 1800
Prester John (Legendary character)--Early works to 1800
Mits'iwa (Eritrea)--Description and travel--Early works to 1800
Travellers' writings, Portuguese--Early works to 1800
Biography: Francisco Alvares (ca. 1465-ca. 1540) was born in Coimbra, Portugal, a missionary priest, explorer and chaplain to the Portuguese royal court during the reign of King Manuel I. In 1515, Lopo Soares de Albergaria was appointed to replace Afonso de Albuquerque as the Governor of India. Albergaria commanded a large fleet of Portuguese ships that set sail from Lisbon for Goa. Aboard was an embassy of diplomats bearing rich gifts bound for the court of the Emperor of Ethiopia, Lebna Dengel. The diplomats were Father Francisco Alvares, the elderly ambassador Duarte Galvão and the Ethiopian ambassador to the court of Portugal, Mattheus, returning to Ethiopia. Due to an error of judgement by Albergaria, this attempt failed to reach their destination port, Massawa, on the Red Sea coast (Eritrea). In 1517, they reached the Dahlak Archipelago where the embassy set ashore at the Portuguese island of Kamaran off Massawa. Galvão died on the island before the next passage ship could reach them. Alv
Notes: Includes index.
Summary: Includes letters taken by Father Francisco Alvarez to the Vatican supposedly sent by Prester John.