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Ramsey Abbey Higden World Map, Ca 1350

Ramsey Abbey Higden World Map, Ca 1350

Medium: Ink and tempera on parchment

Date: 1350

Shelfmark: Royal MS 14.C.IX

Item number: ff. 1v-2

Length: 35.5

Width: 48.3

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Map

This map was probably created in Stamford, Northamptonshire in about 1350 for Ramsey Abbey in Cambridgeshire. It illustrates one of the most popular books of the later middle ages, Ranulf Higden's encyclopedic work, the Polychronicon. The red semi-circle at the bottom left represents England, with Wales as a sliver below it. There is text about Ireland in the large rectangular panel at the bottom. The depiction of England includes symbols for London, Canterbury, Exeter, Bristol, Gloucester, Worcester, Nottingham, York, Durham, Lincoln, and Stamford with Cornwall named as though it were a town. The geographical relationships are broadly correct except for the north of England.

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