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A Critical Companion to English Mappae Mundi of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries : Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture - Dan Terkla

A Critical Companion to English Mappae Mundi of the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

By: Dan Terkla (Editor), Nick Millea (Editor), Alfred Hiatt (Contribution by), Asa Mittman (Contribution by), Chet Van Duzer (Contribution by)

Hardcover | 15 November 2019

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Mappae mundi (maps of the world), beautiful objects in themselves, offer huge insights into how medieval scholars conceived the world and their place within it. They are a fusion of "real" geographical locations with fantastical, geographic, historical, legendary and theological material.

Their production reached its height in England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, with such well-known examples as the Hereford map, the maps of Matthew Paris, and the Vercelli map.

This volume provides a comprehensive Companion to the seven most significant English mappae mundi. It begins with a survey of the maps' materials, types, shapes, sources, contents, conventions,idiosyncrasies, commissioners and users, moving on to locate the maps' creation and use in the realms of medieval rhetoric, Victorine memory theory and clerical pedagogy. It also establishes the shared history of map and book making, and demonstrates how pre-and post-Conquest monastic libraries in Britain fostered and fed their complementary relationship. A chapter is then devoted to each individual map. An annotated bibliography of multilingual resourcescompletes the volume.

DAN TERKLA is Emeritus Professor of English at Illinois Wesleyan University; NICK MILLEA is Map Librarian, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.

Contributors: Nathalie Bouloux, Michelle Brown. Daniel Connolly, Helen Davies, Gregory Heyworth, Alfred Hiatt, Marcia Kupfer, Nick Millea, Asa Simon Mittman, Dan Terkla, Chet Van Duzer.

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An interesting book, and an important one... A book that is full of valuable information and valuable insights. It is to be seen as a standard work of reference that will be read and consulted as basic for many years to come. * IMCOS JOURNAL *
The editors have brought together a group of the leading experts in the field to give the latest interpretation of these interesting world maps. * THE PORTOLAN *
Terkla and Millea's impressive set of authors have made it abundantly clear how interests and developments within the scholarly community have enriched the study of mappae mundi, and how new avenues for future research have been opened up. The volume has been well edited and put together, and produced to Boydell's normal high standards. * LIBRARY & INFORMATION HISTORY *
[These essays] make a strong case for a fresh look at medieval map making-filling a void in scholarship on medieval Anglo-French cartography of the period and expanding what we know about this style of mapmaking. . . . The delight and enthusiasm the contributors and editors have for their subject comes through on every page. -- Gillian Bailey * CARTOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVES *
A work that is especially useful for the breadth of its coverage, the bibliographical references and the new insights found [...] * IMAGO MUNDI *
Medieval maps deserve more scholarly attention and understanding, and much in this volume inarguably helps meet that need and will inspire further critical growth. * MANUSCRIPT STUDIES *

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