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Map Of The World, In Ranulph Higden's 'Polychronicon' f.1v

Map Of The World, In Ranulph Higden's 'Polychronicon' f.1v

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1400

Shelfmark: Royal MS 14 C.ix

Item number: f.1v

Length: 31.7

Width: 21

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Ranulph Higden (d. 1364), was a monk of the Benedictine abbey of St. Werburg, Chester. His 'Polychronicon' is a universal history, based on earlier writers, but extended down to his own lifetime. As it was the most complete such work available in the 14th century, it enjoyed considerable popularity, being translated into English in the late 14th century, and printed by William Caxton in the late 15th century. This manuscript has the ownership inscription of John Wardeboys, who was abbot of Ramsey at the time of its dissolution in 1539. This page contains the left half of a map of the world. In the red circle towards the right (i.e. near the centre of the double-page map) is Jerusalem; a little below this is a drawing of Noah and some animals in the Ark; and to the left of that, a drawing of the gates of Babylon, and, above that, the Tower of Babel.

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