Woodcut image of mythical priest-king Prester John from Hartmann Schedel's Nuremberg Chronicle (1493)
Readers with an interest in European expansion and/or the mythical figure of Prester John (or those folks who have far too much time on their hands) can feel free to peruse my dissertation online:
Prester John: A Reexamination and Compendium of the Mythical Figure Who Helped Spark European Expansion
The document may or may not require an OhioLink account to access - I cannot remember the option I chose. I will probably upload a copy to Google Documents if the OhioLink version is limited to people with connections to a participating university or library.
I cannot promise that you will be entertained by my dissertation, or that you will even find it readable, but this is how I spent most of the past 18 months as a scholar. Moreover, as one advisor put it: "You just have to get done - a dissertation is a diamond in the rough, and you can make your work perfect when you get it published as a monograph."
Thus I am done, and I am ready to move on to other research topics - this one needs to rest for a few months while I decompress.