TitleMappings, III: The Cultural and Material Contexts of Medieval Maps
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
OrganiserFelicitas Schmieder, Historisches Institut, FernUniversität in Hagen
Moderator/ChairDan Terkla, Department of English, Illinois Wesleyan University
Paper 1212-a Maps, Roads, and Texts: Possible Connections
(Language: English)
Tomáš Klimek, Manuscriptorium Digital Library, National Library of the Czech Republic, Praha
Index Terms: Charters and Diplomatics; Geography and Settlement Studies; Local History
Paper 1212-b The Selection, Presentation, and Intention of Geography in Ranulph Higden's Chronicle
(Language: English)
Cornelia Dreer, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Universität Kassel
Index Terms: Historiography - Medieval; Learning (The Classical Inheritance); Literacy and Orality
Paper 1212-c Mapping the World in Heraldic Sources: T-O Maps Structuring Medieval Armorials
(Language: English)
Christof Rolker, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Index Terms: Geography and Settlement Studies; Heraldry; Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
AbstractSpeakers in 'Mappings, III' look at medieval maps in context. Paper -a focuses on notions of distances in medieval texts, from chronicles to astronomical manuscripts, and compares them to maps dealing with roads, in an effort to establish connections between maps and texts. Paper -b examines the kind of geographical information provided by the text and maps in Higden's universal chronicle and discusses the role of each medium within the context of medieval scholarly practice. Paper -c argues that some 'universal' armorials - sometimes containing hundreds or thousands of coats of arms, sometimes claiming to present 'all' coats of arms - are arranged like T-O maps. Like those maps, the tripartite division of the armorials express a specific worldview and so move well beyond geography.