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Map Of Europe And The Mediterranean, In Matthew Paris's 'Flowers Of History'

Map Of Europe And The Mediterranean, In Matthew Paris's 'Flowers Of History'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: c.1251

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Nero D V

Item number: f.1v

Length: 34.7

Width: 22.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Matthew Paris was born c.1200, and was a monk of St Alban's Abbey from 1217 until his death in 1259; he was a prolific chronicler of national and local events, and several manuscripts in his own handwriting survive. His interests as a writer and artist included heraldry, natural history, ancient gems, and cartography. This map is probably a copy of one by Matthew. It is oriented with north to the left and east at the top: along the bottom edge of the page are Holland, Brabant, Flanders, and Normandy, while the large body of land in the middle of the page surrounded by the green Mediterranean is Italy, with Pisa, Venice, Milan, Bologna, Rome, and Apulia marked in red.

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