The main Roman Roads Of England, In Matthew Paris's 'Book Of Additions'
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
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.
This schematic map of England, arranged with East at the bottom and North to the right, shows Dunstaple in the middle, from which red roads radiate out to (clockwise from top:) Salisbury), Chester, Caithness, Bury St. Edmunds, and so on. The road from Dunstaple to Chester is labelled 'Watlingstrate'.