Visualizing Medieval Places


On this page, I am collecting examples of pre-digital scholarly maps or map-like visualizations.  If you have any to contribute, please send them (with reference) to dwrisley (at) gmail (dot) com and I will cite you.

Example 1: A warped grid of latitude and longitude superimposed on the Hereford map.

Metz geometrics of Hereford Map

Example 2:  Early thick mapping: two figures side-by-side illustrating the settings of the fabliaux & linguistic frontiers against data about medieval trade (NB: the red line has been added by me for clarity).

Lorcin Facons de sentir et de penser

Example 3: Showing the dense clustering of north-western French places in Ponthus et Sidoine (“illustrant l’implantation géographique du roman”)

Crécy Ponthus et Sidoine

source: Marie-Claude de Crécy, Le Roman de Ponthus et Sidoine (Droz, 1997).

Example 4: Not a medieval example, but an authorial corpus on a map.  This illustrates the settings of Balzac’s La Comédie humaine in the French provinces. 

Balzac geography

Source: Originally from André Ferré’s Géographie littéraire (fig. 11), reprinted in Michel Collot’s Pour une géographie littéraire (Corti, 2014), p. 54.

Example 5:  Itinera Apollonii

Itinera Apollonii