Things I've picked up along the way...

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a fifteenth century map of England, Wales and Scotland. Confusingly, Scotland is at the bottom. Can you spot the cathedral city of St Andrews? And look, there’s Canterbury at the top. Can you see Ely, surrounded by water? What a beautiful book.
Image source: British Library MS Harley 1808. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a fifteenth century map of England, Wales and Scotland. Confusingly, Scotland is at the bottom. Can you spot the cathedral city of St Andrews? And look, there’s Canterbury at the top. Can you see Ely, surrounded by water? What a beautiful book.

Image source: British Library MS Harley 1808. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

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    The convention in ancient China was to draw maps with south at the top and east to the left. It is often mind-expanding...
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    Nifty. Maps that put south at the top are disorienting at first, given how used we are to the opposite. But of course,...
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    Excitingly upside-down (by our standards, at least. One supposes that North=up hasn’t always been the case).
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