The map of Europe by Heinrich Bunting was published in Itinerarium et Chronicon totius sacrae Scriptura… in the late 16th century. The continent is depicted in the form of a queen with Spain shown as a crown, in recognition of its importance. Italy is portrayed as the right arm, with Sicily as a cross-bearing orb signifying world power, and Denmark pictured as the left arm holding a sceptre. Countries in central Europe form the robe, with Turkey and Russia at Europe’s feet.
- Article by:
- Tom Harper
- War, Popular culture
Objective geographical representation isn’t always the intention of maps – they can also provide social, economic or political commentary on a region, as British Library maps curator, Tom Harper discusses.