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Matthew Paris's Map of Britain

1250s

Matthew Paris's Map of Britain

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    This is one of four maps of Great Britain drawn in the 1250s by Matthew Paris, a monk at St Alban's Abbey. Paris's maps are the oldest surviving maps to show such a high level of detail and accuracy. He was perhaps the first medieval mapmaker to try to portray the actual physical appearance of the country rather than just represent the relationship between places in simple diagrams. Many geographical features are recognisable, although the map raises questions about the home nations: Scotland, Wales...and Devonia?

     

    Shelfmark: Cotton MS Claudius D.vi, f.12v.

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