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Mapping Medieval Geographies
Geographical Encounters in the Latin West and Beyond, 300–1600

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Keith D. Lilley, Jesse Simon, Andy Merrills, Natalia Lozovsky, Amanda Power, Marcia Kupfer, Meg Roland, Margaret Small, Camille Serchuk, Karen C. Pinto, Daniel Birkholz, Kathy Lavezzo, Veronica Della Dora, Sara V. Torres
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  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107036918

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  • Mapping Medieval Geographies explores the ways in which geographical knowledge, ideas and traditions were formed in Europe during the Middle Ages. Leading scholars reveal the connections between Islamic, Christian, Biblical and Classical geographical traditions from Antiquity to the later Middle Ages and Renaissance. The book is divided into two parts: Part I focuses on the notion of geographical tradition and charts the evolution of celestial and earthly geography in terms of its intellectual, visual and textual representations; whilst Part II explores geographical imaginations; that is to say, those 'imagined geographies' that came into being as a result of everyday spatial and spiritual experience. Bringing together approaches from art, literary studies, intellectual history and historical geography, this pioneering volume will be essential reading for scholars concerned with visual and textual modes of geographical representation and transmission, as well as the spaces and places of knowledge creation and consumption.

    • Offers a comparative new synthesis of geography and cartography in the Middle Ages
    • Draws from a range of primary textual and visual sources to illustrate different approaches across medieval cultures
    • Provides a chronological history from antiquity through to Renaissance, uniting typically compartmentalised views of European history
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This volume demonstrates clearly that geographical knowledge includes more than maps projected according Ptolemaic theory and that medieval geographers working in the tradition of chorography produced work of significance. To limit geography to the Ptolemaic tradition is to miss out on a great deal of geographical knowledge."
    James Muldoon, The John Carter Brown Library

    "… an interesting and unusual collection of studies … Highly recommended."
    G. J. Martin, Choice

    "This collection will provide an invaluable gathering of current research, as well as a stimulating and demanding read for the broader range of scholars and students who wish to progress beyond the basic understandings of the "spatial turn" to a broader understanding of medieval geographies."
    Justin Colson, Reviews in History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107036918
    • length: 348 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 155 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Keith D. Lilley
    Part I. Geographical Traditions:
    1. Chorography reconsidered: an alternative approach to the Ptolemaic definition Jesse Simon
    2. Geography and memory in Isidore's Etymologies Andy Merrills
    3. The uses of classical history and geography in medieval St Gall Natalia Lozovsky
    4. The cosmographical imagination of Roger Bacon Amanda Power
    5. Reflections in the Ebstorf map: cartography, theology and dilectio speculationis Marcia Kupfer
    6. 'After poyetes and astronomyers': English geographical thought and early English print Meg Roland
    7. Displacing Ptolemy? The textual geographies of Ramusio's Navigazioni e Viaggi Margaret Small
    Part II. Geographical Imaginations:
    8. Gaul undivided: cartography, geography, and identity in France at the time of the Hundred Years War Camille Serchuk
    9. Passion and conflict: medieval Islamic views of the West Karen C. Pinto
    10. Hereford maps, Hereford lives: biography and cartography in an English cathedral city Daniel Birkholz
    11. Shifting geographies of anti-semitism: mapping Jew and Christian in Thomas of Monmouth's Life and Miracles of St William of Norwich Kathy Lavezzo
    12. Gardens of Eden and ladders to Heaven: holy mountain geographies in Byzantium Veronica Della Dora
    13. Journeying to the world's end? Imagining the Anglo-Irish frontier in Ramon de Perellós's Pilgrimage to St Patrick's Purgatory Sara V. Torres.

  • Editor

    Keith D. Lilley, Queen's University Belfast
    Keith Lilley is Reader in Historical Geography at Queen's University Belfast. His research focuses on spaces, places and landscapes of the European Middle Ages. He has published essays and articles across different disciplines, and is the author of two other books, Urban Life in the Middle Ages (2002) and City and Cosmos: The Medieval World in Urban Form (2009). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has directed numerous funded research projects in the field of digital humanities, including a project on the UNESCO-recognised fourteenth-century map of Great Britain known as the Gough Map. In this and other projects he has developed the use of spatial technologies to further understand the medieval past. For more than twenty years he has taught geography at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at a number of UK universities, including the University of London, the University of Birmingham and the University of Cambridge. At Queen's University Belfast he is director of a postgraduate programme on 'Heritage Science'. Through his work he has addressed conferences and delivered seminars across Europe and in North America, Japan and Australia.


    Keith D. Lilley, Jesse Simon, Andy Merrills, Natalia Lozovsky, Amanda Power, Marcia Kupfer, Meg Roland, Margaret Small, Camille Serchuk, Karen C. Pinto, Daniel Birkholz, Kathy Lavezzo, Veronica Della Dora, Sara V. Torres

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