Senapus

European - A king of Abyssinia. As a young man, he had attempted to invade the earthly paradise at the source of the Nile and for this presumption he was struck blind. He was also harried by the Harpies and, at the time of Astolpho's arrival, was dying from starvation since the Harpies snatched or fouled all his food. Astolpho drove off the Harpies and cured the king's blindness with a magic herb. In return, the king gave Astolpho a large army with which to support Charlemagne in his war with the Saracens. In some accounts, it was Prester John, king of Nubia, who was harried by the Harpies until Astolpho drove them off. At times, identified as Senapus.

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