Anglo-Saxon Mappa Mundi

Description

This map was probably created at Canterbury between 1025 and 1050, but is probably ultimately based on a model dating from Roman times. 

It contains the earliest known, relatively realistic depiction of the British Isles, seen in the bottom left hand corner of this map.  Like most early maps, this one has East at the top, nevertheless the British Isles is immediately recognisable, as are the surrounding islands (the Orkneys, Scillies, Channel Islands and the Isles of Man and Wight). 

The Cornish peninsula is exaggerated, but perhaps most interesting are the two fighting figures which may represent the conflict between the Saxons and the native Britons in the centuries following the departure of the Romans.

Full title:
Anglo-Saxon Mappa Mundi from the Cotton manuscript collection
Created:
between 1025 and 1050
Format:
Map
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Cotton MS Tiberius BV

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