Mapping Time and Space

How Medieval Mapmakers Viewed Their World

Author: Evelyn Edson

Publisher: British Library Board


Category: History

Page: 210

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Medieval world maps are often seen today as quaint and amusing artefacts that are hopelessly wrong. Evelyn Edson demonstrates that the medieval world view, as expressed in maps, was not simply a matter of physical measurements, but of placing the earth in a philosophical and religious context. Hence many medieval maps show the passage of time and a narrative of human spiritual development including creation, the coming of Christ, and the Last Judgement. Professor Edson makes clear that modern assumptions concerning maps are of little value, and one cannot assume that the maps were used for the same purpose or had the same meaning as they have today. In fact the differences in structure and content can give us an intriguing view of how medieval makers and readers saw their world. A wide range of manuscripts are surveyed including works of history (both 'universal histories' and more locally-focused chronicles), Easter and calendar manuscripts, individual maps including such famous wall maps as the Ebstorf Map and the Hereford Mappa Mundi, and lastly maps which were designed to illustrate religious visions.

A World Transformed

Exploring the Spirituality of Medieval Maps

Author: Lisa Deam

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1625642830

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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On the edge of medieval maps, monsters roam. In the west, pilgrims take well-traveled roads to Rome and Compostela. In the east, Old Testament history unfolds. And at the center, in the city of Jerusalem, Jesus saves the world. In A World Transformed, Lisa Deam takes us on an incredible journey through medieval maps. Despite their curious appearance, these maps, as Deam shows, are surprisingly modern. In their monstrous, marvelous sights lie treasure troves of wisdom to guide twenty-first-century Christians on their walk with God. Each chapter in this geographical journey links medieval maps to biblical concepts and spiritual practices that transform our faith and our world.

Travel and Travellers from Bede to Dampier

Author: Geraldine Barnes,Gabrielle Singleton

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Press

ISBN: 190430351X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 247

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The essays in this collection -- a selection of papers presented at the University of Sydney Centre for Medieval Studies workshop, Travel and Cartography from Bede to the Enlightenment (August 22-23, 2001) track a variety of travel narratives from the eighth century to the eighteenth. Their voyages, which extend from from the literal to the spiritual, the political, and the artistic, show how the concept of narrative mapping has changed over time, and how it encompasses cosmogony, geography, chorography, topography, and inventory. Each essay is concerned in some way with the application of the medieval geographical imagination, or with the enduring influence of that imagination upon post-medieval travel and discovery writing. This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate university students and to a broad range of academics across the disciplines of literature and history. It will be of particular interest to medievalists and scholars of the early modern period and to readers of, the new (1997) scholarly journal, Studies in Travel Writing. The volume will also appeal to a more general, informed readership interested in the history of travel and the history of ideas, early contact with indigenous people, and encounters between East and West.

Inhabited Spaces

Anglo-Saxon Constructions of Place

Author: Nicole Guenther Discenza

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1487500653

Category: England

Page: 280

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In Inhabited Spaces, Nicole Guenther Discenza examines a variety of Anglo-Latin and Old English texts to shed light on Anglo-Saxon understandings of space.

Portraying the Land

Hebrew Maps of the Land of Israel from Rashi to the Early 20th Century

Author: Rehav Rubin

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110570653

Category: History

Page: 351

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The book presents and discusses a large corpus of Jewish maps of the Holy Land that were drawn by Jewish scholars from the 11th to the 20th century, and thus fills a significant lacuna both in the history of cartography and in Jewish studies. The maps depict the biblical borders of the Holy Land, the allotments of the tribes, and the forty years of wanderings in the desert. Most of these maps are in Hebrew although there are several in Yiddish, Ladino and in European languages. The book focuses on four aspects: it presents an up-to-date corpus of known maps of various types and genres; it suggests a classification of these maps according to their source, shape and content; it presents and analyses the main topics that were depicted in the maps; and it puts the maps in their historical and cultural contexts, both within the Jewish world and the sphere of European cartography of their time. The book is an innovative contribution to the fields of history of cartography and Jewish studies. It is written for both professional readers and the general public. The Hebrew edition (2014), won the Izhak Ben-Zvi Prize.

Mappae Mundi

Representing the World and Its Inhabitants in Texts, Maps, and Images in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Author: Michael Fox,Stephen Ray Reimer,Bruce Peel Special Collections Library

Publisher: University of Alberta Press


Category: Photography

Page: 146

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Discover the cultures of Medieval and Early Modern Europe through texts, maps and images.

The Hereford World Map

Medieval World Maps and Their Context

Author: P. D. A. Harvey

Publisher: British Library Board


Category: History

Page: 434

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The famous Hereford world map, the 'Mappa Mundi', dates from around 1300, and was painted on one skin of calf-parchment. In setting the Hereford world map in context, Harvey and his 24 collaborators introduce us to medieval ideas of the world and man's place in it.

Foundations of Learning

The Transfer of Encyclopaedic Knowledge in the Early Middle Ages

Author: Rolf Hendrik Bremmer,Cornelis Dekker

Publisher: Peeters Pub & Booksellers


Category: History

Page: 393

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No period in the intellectual history of North-Western Europe has been so formative as the early Middle Ages, when missionaries transferred the learning accumulated for centuries in the Mediterranean basin to recently founded centres of religious scholarship in the ever expanding Christian world. The aim of this scholarship focused, first and foremost, on a proper understanding of the Bible as God's Word and Nature as God's Creation. During this period the foundations of medieval learning were laid in the monasteries and schools by men from distant shores who considered it their calling to entrust this precious knowledge to future generations of indigenous scholars. In this process, Syrians ended up in England, Irishmen in Italy, and Anglo-Saxons in Frisia and Bavaria and thus helped build a common intellectual culture in Europe. Even though the memories of these missionaries were fed with vast amounts of reproducible knowledge far beyond the capacity of modern man, the most important means of storing and conveying knowledge was the written word stored in what was then modern technology: the parchment codex. The composition of these books reflect the extent and diversity of early medieval learning. Sometimes they contain a single work, but often enough they contain compilations of diverse material which at first sight shows little coherence to the modern reader, and rightly so. In a way such miscellanies are mini-libraries. Nevertheless, they are storehouses of wholesome learning in their own right; further study reveals a rationale in such collections that leads us to a monastic learning environment, in some cases even to the classroom. The present volume demonstrates how the study of texts and manuscripts combined opens up windows on the early medieval world of learning as represented by glossaries, proto-encyclopedias, biblical companions, hagiographical guides, didactic verse, or descriptions of the world in word and image. The essays demonstrate that scholars have too often concentrated on the study of single texts, but especially that the compilations of manuscripts and libraries reflect the kind of knowledge that was required of monks, ministers and missionaries for the contemplation, celebration and promulgation of the Christian message.