Fake map of Roman Britain


Fake map of Roman Britain


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    This extract appears to be a beautiful medieval map of Roman Britain. However, all is not as it seems. In 1743, a copy of the map was sent to the antiquarian William Stukely by a student named Charles Bertram. It was accompanied by a manuscript history of Britain. Stukely was fascinated, believing the map to be the work of a 14th-century monk, Richard of Cirencester. The map seemed to provide a wealth of new historical information, such as previously unknown Roman place names. As a result, new Roman names such as Pennines (Pennines Montes) appeared on Ordinance Survey maps. It was not until the 1860s that it was proven to be a fake. Both the map and the manuscript had been created in the 1700s, and were entirely invented.


    Shelfmark: 577.h.25.(3)

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