Medieval Maps of the Holy Land

P. D. A. Harvey

P. D. A. Harvey

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160 pages | 50 color plates, 25 halftones | 9 x 12 | © 2012
Cloth $75.00 ISBN: 9780712358248 Published December 2012 For sale in North and South America only

This study examines the eight known medieval regional maps of the Holy Land. Interesting, picturesque, and often colorful, these maps provide great insight into how the Holy Land was perceived by Western Europe in the age of the Crusades. Many of the surviving copies and fragments from the period are reproduced here for the first time, including three large maps that are among medieval Europe’s finest cartographic monuments.
 
In the course of this study P. D. A. Harvey, a leading historian of medieval maps, undertook detailed detective work that revealed many new discoveries, such as two maps hidden behind newer renditions, a map that was transformed into an erotic fantasy by a nineteenth-century forger, and information about the origin of a mysterious grid pattern on some of the maps. The research and illustrations presented in Medieval Maps of the Holy Land constitute an important contribution to the studies of medieval culture, early mapping, and crusading Europe.

Anthony Bale | Times Literary Supplement
“[C]ogently organized, richly illustrated . . . and pithily written, offering nothing less than a journey to the centre of the earth, as it was once conceived.”
L. Yacher, Southern Connecticut State University | Choice
“The latest publication from a prolific contributor to the history of maps, Harvey’s tome provides an important source of the cartographic depiction of the Holy Land’s medieval period, a much-neglected area of research. . . . The analysis of the book’s thirteen short, chronologically arranged chapters is full of detail and valuable insights. Recommended.”
Contents
List of illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations
Conventions followed in the text

1. The historical background
2. The literary background
3. The cartographic background
4. Maps of the Holy Land
5. The Ashburnham Libri map, late 12th century
6. The Tournai maps, late 12th century
7. The Oxford map of Matthew Paris, mid-13th century
8. The Acre map of Matthew Paris, mid-13th century
9. The earliest large Burchard map, circa 1300
10. The grid maps, 1320–1339
11. The later large Burchard maps, 14th to early 15th century
12. The small Burchard map, mid-14th century
13. Conclusion

General index
Index of manuscripts
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