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Introduction

Lucy Donkin and Hanna Vorholt

in Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West

Published by British Academy

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780197265048
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197265048.003.0001

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

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After providing an overview of the content and argument of each of the nine chapters, the introduction outlines three themes that run through the book as a whole: the impact of developments in the West on the production of representations of Jerusalem; the way in which such representations relate to their specific contexts, whether manuscripts, buildings or wider landscapes; and the role played by the imagination in the process of creating and responding to these images. A brief account is then given of a display of manuscripts and early printed books at the Bodleian Library, Oxford that accompanied the conference at which the papers were delivered. Finally there is a fuller description of comparatively little-known depictions in two of the manuscripts exhibited: a plan of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and its surroundings in MS Laud Misc. 241; and a schematic map of Jerusalem in MS Lyell 71.

Keywords: Jerusalem; Holy Sepulchre; Laud Misc. 241; MS Lyell 71; manuscripts; landscapes; schematic maps; Bodleian Library

Chapter.  6155 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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