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A critical companion to English Mappae mundi of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries

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  • Mappae mundi (maps of the world), beautiful objects in themselves, offer huge insights into how medieval scholars conceived the world and their place within it. They are a fusion of "real" geographical locations with fantasical, geographic, historical, legendary and theological material. Their production reached its height in England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, with such well-known examples as the Hereford map, the maps of Matthew Paris, and the Vercelli map. This volume provides a comprehensive Companion to the seven most significant English mappae mundi. It begins with a survey of the maps' materials, types, shapes, sources, contents, conventions, idiosyncrasies, commissioners and users, moving on to locate the maps' creation and use in the realms of medieval rhetoric, Victorine memory theory and clerical pedagogy. It also establishes the shared history of map and book making, and demonstrates how pre-and post-Conquest monastic libraries in Britain fostered and fed their complementary relationship. A chapter is then devoted to each individual map. An annotated bibliography of multilingual resources completes the volume.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages [267]-300) and index.


  • Introduction: Where to fix Cadiz? / Daniel Terkla -- Making Manuscripts and Mappae Mundi / Michelle Brown -- Books and Maps: Anglo-Saxon Glastonbury and Geospatial Awareness / Daniel Terkla -- Books and Maps: Anglo-Norman Durham and Geospatial Awareness / Daniel Terkla -- The Munich Map (c. 1130): Description, Meanings and Uses / Nathalie Bouloux -- The Sawley Map (c. 1190) / Alfred Hiatt -- The Vercelli Map (c. 1217) / Asa Simon Mittman -- In the Company of Matthew Paris: Mapping the World at St Albans Abbey / Daniel Connolly -- The Psalter Map (c.1262) / Chet Van Duzer -- The Duchy of Cornwall Map Fragment (c. 1286) / Daniel Terkla -- The Hereford Map (c. 1300) / Marcia Kupfer -- Digital Mapping, Spectral Imaging and Medieval Mappae Mundi / Helen Davies and Gregory Heyworth -- Annotated Bibliography (1987-2018) / Nick Millea
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