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The British Isles Except Ireland, In Matthew Paris's Map Of The Itinerary From London To Jerusalem

The British Isles Except Ireland, 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.5v

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. Following the Itinerary to Rome, Matthew has drawn a map of England ('Anglia'), Scotland ('Scocia') and Wales ('Wallia'). Names of a number of counties (such as Cornwall, 'Cornubia'), cities and towns (including Wymundham, a cell of St. Albans), are marked. The Isle of Man and the Orkneys are also included.

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