Aslake world map

Description

This fragment of a 14th-century English world map was used as a cover for late-medieval records of a Norfolk estate and may have come from Creake Abbey. Though badly damaged - the photograph was taken under ultra-violet light - it is of great interest, not least in the African place-names that it drew from some unidentified portolan chart. On this portion names just visible beyond the curving line of the Nile (top left) include 'Babilonia' (i.e. Cairo) and 'Eoliopolis' (Heliopolis).

Full title:
Aslake world map
Created:
1350
Format:
Map
Language:
English
Usage terms

Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
British Library, Additional MS. 63841A

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