Fake map of Roman Britain

This extract appears to be a beautiful medieval map of Roman Britain. However, all is not as it seems.

In 1743, a copy of the map was sent to the antiquarian William Stukely by a student named Charles Bertram. The map was accompanied by a manuscript history of Britain. Stukely was fascinated by the map, believing it to be the work of a 14th century monk, Richard of Cirencester. The map seemed to provide a wealth of new historical information, such as previously unknown Roman place names. As a result, new Roman names such as Pennines (‘Pennines Montes’) appeared on Ordinance Survey maps. It was not until the 1860s that the map was proven to be a fake. Both the map and the manuscript had been created in the 1700s, and were entirely invented.


Taken from: 'Mappa Brittaniae faciei Romanae' from An account of Richard of Cirencester, ... and of his works, with his antient map of Roman Brittain
Author / Creator: William Stukeley
Date: 1757
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: 577.h.25.(3)