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Northern Italy, In Matthew Paris's Map Of The Itinerary From London To Jerusalem

Northern Italy, In Matthew Paris's Map Of The Itinerary From London To Jerusalem

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1255

Shelfmark: Royal MS 14 C.vii

Item number: f.3v

Length: 35.6

Width: 25.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Matthew Paris (d. 1259), was a monk and chronicler of St. Albans Abbey. Several manuscripts with his own drawings and in his own handwriting survive, including the present one. His interests as an artist were varied: he drew heraldic shields, gems, and an elephant, to name just a few. He also travelled abroad on more than one occasion, and had a talent for cartography: this Itinerary shows the route from London to Jerusalem, with its major stopping-places. The two columns of each page read from bottom to top, and left to right. The itinerary includes the route east and south through Italy: at the bottom of the right-hand column is Pavia ('Pavie') and Lodi ('Lodes'); Genoa ('Genue sus la mer') is off to the side; and at the top are Cremona ('Cremune'), Parma ('Parme'), and Reggio ('Rege').

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