Medieval Maps of the Holy Land

Medieval Maps of the Holy Land

by P. D. A. Harvey


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Medieval Maps of the Holy Land by P. D. A. Harvey

This study examines the eight known medieval regional maps of the Holy Land. Interesting, picturesque, and often colorful, these maps provide great insight into how the Holy Land was perceived by Western Europe in the age of the Crusades. Many of the surviving copies and fragments from the period are reproduced here for the first time, including three large maps that are among medieval Europe’s finest cartographic monuments.
In the course of this study P. D. A. Harvey, a leading historian of medieval maps, undertook detailed detective work that revealed many new discoveries, such as two maps hidden behind newer renditions, a map that was transformed into an erotic fantasy by a nineteenth-century forger, and information about the origin of a mysterious grid pattern on some of the maps. The research and illustrations presented in Medieval Maps of the Holy Land constitute an important contribution to the studies of medieval culture, early mapping, and crusading Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780712358248
Publisher: British Library, The
Publication date: 12/15/2012
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

P. D. A. Harvey is professor emeritus of medieval history at the University of Durham in England.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Conventions followed in the text

1. The historical background
2. The literary background
3. The cartographic background
4. Maps of the Holy Land
5. The Ashburnham Libri map, late 12th century
6. The Tournai maps, late 12th century
7. The Oxford map of Matthew Paris, mid-13th century
8. The Acre map of Matthew Paris, mid-13th century
9. The earliest large Burchard map, circa 1300
10. The grid maps, 1320-1339
11. The later large Burchard maps, 14th to early 15th century
12. The small Burchard map, mid-14th century
13. Conclusion

General index
Index of manuscripts

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