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

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a map of the world! Dating from the second quarter of the twelfth century, sometime after 1122, this map was drawn in Peterborough, England. At the time the monks of Peterborough Abbey drew this map, people believed the world was flat. Jerusalem is to be found at the centre of medieval maps, because of its status as the centre of the Christian world. With its regimented lines, this is clearly a symbolic map rather than one which could be used to plan a journey. Nonetheless, it is quite a beautiful thing and a fascinating insight into the twelfth century mind.
Image source: British Library MS Harley 3667. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a map of the world! Dating from the second quarter of the twelfth century, sometime after 1122, this map was drawn in Peterborough, England. At the time the monks of Peterborough Abbey drew this map, people believed the world was flat. Jerusalem is to be found at the centre of medieval maps, because of its status as the centre of the Christian world. With its regimented lines, this is clearly a symbolic map rather than one which could be used to plan a journey. Nonetheless, it is quite a beautiful thing and a fascinating insight into the twelfth century mind.

Image source: British Library MS Harley 3667. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.

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