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Studying with Maps: Jerusalem and the Holy Land in Two Thirteenth-Century Manuscripts

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/9780197265048.003.0007

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Studying with Maps: Jerusalem and the Holy Land in Two Thirteenth-Century Manuscripts

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This chapter focuses on two closely related diagrammatic maps of Jerusalem and the Holy Land in two thirteenth-century manuscripts now in Brussels (Bibliothèque Royale, MS IV 462) and London (British Library, MS Harley 658). On the basis of a comparison between the maps and their transmission contexts it is argued that the maps served as didactic tools, aiding the study of biblical history. The layout of the maps is analysed in relation to wider developments in Western medieval manuscript production and learning during the second half of the twelfth and first half of the thirteenth centuries, particularly in relation to the emphasis on a more systematic and rigorous structuring of knowledge. The manuscripts are seen as indicative of how topographical information concerning the Holy Land was put to use in biblical study, and of how scholasticism could have influenced the ways in which Jerusalem was represented and perceived.

Keywords: transmission contexts; Brussels; medieval learning; structuring of knowledge; layout; scholasticism; diagrammatic maps; biblical study; Holy Land; Jerusalem

Chapter.  15092 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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