Medieval world map

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    This map is one of the most important surviving examples of 13th-century map-making. It tells us much about the way English men and women viewed the world at this time. Jerusalem is in the centre of the map, and the whole world is looked upon by Christ who is attended by angels. This shows that medieval people looked at geography in relation to the Bible and to earth’s creation by God. But the map also shows an interest in local places: you can see the British Isles, and the rivers Thames and Severn. London is marked with a gold dot. The map was not intended, like a modern atlas, to guide someone in their travels, but to show important places in an overall scheme.

     

    Shelfmark: Add. MS 28681, f.9

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