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Itinerary From London To Chambery, In Matthew Paris's 'Book Of Additions'

Itinerary From London To Chambery, In Matthew Paris's 'Book Of Additions'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1250

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Nero D I

Item number: f.183v

Length: 34.7

Width: 23

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

Matthew Paris (c. 1200-1259) became a monk of St. Albans in 1217, and in 1236 became the abbey chronicler, a task which allowed him to exercise and explore his talents as a scribe, and as an accomplished and inventive artist. Most of this manuscript is written in Matthew's own distinctive handwriting, as are the miniatures, except for some added in the 14th century. Known by Matthew as his 'Book of Additions', it contains a variety of miscellaneous texts and images.

Reading from left to right, and from bottom to top, this diagram illustrates the route from London towards Apulia. The journey starts at London Bridge ('pons Lond.') and the Thames ('Tamise'), and goes though Rochester and Canterbury to get to Dover, before crossing the sea ('La Mer') and reaching France.

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