Mappae mundi (maps of the world), beautiful objects in themselves, offer huge insights into how medieval scholars conceived the world and their place within it. They are a fusion of “real” geographical locations with fantastical, geographic, historical, legendary and theological material. Their production reached its height in England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, with such well-known examples as the Hereford map, the maps of Matthew Paris, and the Vercelli map.
This volume provides a comprehensive Companion to the seven most significant English mappae mundi, surveying the maps’ materials, types, shapes, sources, contents, and uses in the medieval world. It also explores the shared history of map and book making in Britain before and after the Norman Conquest.
A chapter is devoted to each individual map, including the Duchy of Cornwall Map Fragment and the Hereford Mappa Mundi.
Dan Terkla is a medievalist and Emeritus Professor of English at Illinois Wesleyan University, where he taught from 1995 to 2018. Before that he was a member of the English Department at Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Southern California (1992), his M.A. in Medieval Studies (1986) and B.A. in Liberal Studies and Comparative Literature (1979) from California State University, Long Beach. He was a Visiting Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford (1985-86), and wrote his M.A. thesis there under the tutelage of Elspeth Kennedy, St. Hilda's College, and Maurice Keen, Balliol College.