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Defining ‘Europe’ in Medieval European Geographical Discourse

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Matters of the Heart

It is February the 14th, and heart-shaped things seem to be everywhere. In keeping with the theme, I would like to talk about heart-shaped maps. While heart-shaped chocolates and decorations…

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Old Maps at the University Library

The Utrecht University Library Special Collections division has an impressive collection of maps. Digitalized maps can be accessed online, through the library’s geographic search engine . The University Library’s extensive…

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More Medieval Maps

A fantastic introduction to medieval maps in general by P. D. A. Harvey is available on the British Library website in an updated version of an article first published in…

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More Globes

The earliest European globe, made by Martin Beheim in 1492 (mentioned in our previous blog post “Globes and Celestial Spheres”), precedes the discovery of the Americas and shows the world…

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Medieval ‘Encyclopedias’

In the course of this project, the question of the genre of Honorius Augustodunensis’s Imago mundi often arose. Can we describe this text as an “encyclopedia” if the term was not used…

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The creation of a digital database

One of the more visual results of the research done in the Defining Europe project is a manuscript database containing as many manuscripts as possible of Honorius Augustodunensis’ Imago Mundi…

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Piece by piece

Many of the copies of the Imago mundi text and its translations that we have catalogued for our database are in a fragmentary state. Medieval manuscript fragments are an important resource…

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Medieval Maps: the Catalan Atlas

The Bibliothèque nationale de France manuscript Esp.30, better known as the ‘Catalan Atlas’ is one of the more spectacular adaptations of the Imago mundi by Honorius Augustodunensis which we study in…

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Ubiquitous maps

Medieval mappae mundi help us see that cartographic representations of the world are not only omnipresent but often used for purposes other than navigation. This mural painting by Peter Alma…

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Medieval Maps: The Gough Map

Whilst the most famous medieval maps are the T-O type mappae mundi, there are other types of map surviving from the Middle Ages. A fascinating example is the Gough Map,…

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Portolan Maps

Amongst the most interesting and informative virtual exhibitions currently available is the exhibition of marine maps by Bibliothèque nationale de France. The wonderfully organised exhibition provides information on nautical maps, including…

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