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The Maps of Matthew Paris: Medieval Journeys through Space, Time and Liturgy (Hardback)
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The Maps of Matthew Paris: Medieval Journeys through Space, Time and Liturgy (Hardback)

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Hardback 278 Pages / Published: 15/10/2009
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The illustrations of the Benedictine monk, artist, and chronicler Matthew Paris offer a gateway into the thirteenth-century world. This new study of his cartography emphasises the striking innovations he brought to it, and shows how the maps became an investment and repository of certain medieval spatial practices: travel through the world, the occurrence of history in that world, and the religious practices and devotional attitudes that were assiduously cultivated within the larger visual culture of St. Albans abbey (in great measure produced by Matthew's own images). Travel (i.e. space), history (time), and devotion (liturgy), then, are the primary issues and meanings deposited in and registered by Matthew Paris's cartographic landscape. In searching out these contexts, the book explores the paradigm of imagined pilgrimage as an organizing principle that pushes into greater relief medieval understandings of their arrangements of places and of histories. Thus traveling through geography could enact its meanings in a dynamic, religious, even devotional performance of the maps' materials. Richly illustrated with black and white and colour plates.

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
ISBN: 9781843834786
Number of pages: 278
Weight: 739 g
Dimensions: 244 x 172 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Connollys kulturgeschichtliche Annaherungen an die Karten Matthew Paris' sind anregend, da sie Karten auf verschiedenen Ebenen in den Kontext zeitgenoessischer Tradition und religioeser Praktiken einbetten und auf dieser Grundlage neue Lesarten erproben. SEHEPUNKTE [The author] has approached the work of Matthew Paris in an original and stimulating way and has made a meaningful contribution to our knowledge of the ways manuscripts, texts, images, rituals and prayers provided the fertile ground for the pictorial and cartographic imagination of Matthew Paris. [...] His book will surely invite much discussion among scholars and serve as a springboard for much future work. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW This book has a scintillating subject. The sumptuous illustrations of course whet the appetite. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

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