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Maps of Medieval Thought

Filled with information and lore, mappae mundi present an encyclopaedic panorama of the conceptual 'landscape' of the middle ages. Previously objects of study for cartographers and geographers, the value of medieval maps to scholars in other fields is now recognised and this book, written from an art historical perspective, illuminates the medieval view of the world represented in a group of maps of c.1300. Naomi Kline's detailed examination of the literary, visual, oral and textual evidence of the Hereford mappa mundi and others like it, such as the Psalter Maps, the 'Sawley Map', and the Ebstorf Map, places them within the larger context of medieval art and intellectual history. The mappa mundi in Hereford cathedral is at the heart of this study: it has more than one thousand texts and images of geographical subjects, monuments, animals, plants, peoples, biblical sites and incidents, legendary material, historical information and much more; distinctions between 'real' and 'fantastic' are fluid; time and space are telescoped, presenting past, present, and future. Naomi Kline provides, for the first time, a full and detailed analysis of the images and texts of the Hereford map which, thus deciphered, allow comparison with related mappae mundi as well as with other texts and images. Contents: I. Hereford map as conceptual device: Cosmological wheel, Frame as time, Medieval audience II. Hereford map and worlds: Animals, Strange and monstrous races, Bible and crusades, Alexander III. Cartographic context. NAOMI REED KLINE is Professor of Art History at Plymouth State College.
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Table of Contents

Part I The Circle as a Conceptual Device The Cosmological Wheel Part II The Hereford Map as a Conceptual Device The Frame as time, The Medieval Audience Part III The Hereford Map and its Worlds The World of Animals, The World of Strange and Monstrous Races, The World of Alexander, The World of the Bible and the Crusades Part IV The Hereford Map in Cartographic Context A Comparison of Frameworks

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NAOMI REED KLINE is Professor of Art History at Plymouth State College.


Enjoyable and radable... As well as historians of cartography, the work is intended for medievalists and art historians, who should find much to stimulate and interest them. LIBRARY Sets out to determine how the great map was perceived by contemporaries. This required a very wide range of scholarly knowledge in related fields, and Kline's erudition in that respect is impressive. This book portrays that (medieval) mindset, like a rich tapestry, with depth and colour. HISTORY

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