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The Holy Land, In Matthew Paris's Map Of The Itinerary From London To Jerusalem

The Holy Land, 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.5r

Length: 34.4

Width: 25.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

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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. This is the end of the journey to the Holy Land: at the top is the River Jordan, and below this the city of Rome, surrounded by a crenellated wall. The coast and coastal ports (such as Damietta, at the extreme right-hand side) fill the lower half of the page

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