Atlas of the Medieval World

Atlas of the Medieval World

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Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780195221589
0195221583
Branch Call Number: 909.07 M217A
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), col. maps ; 29 cm

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Mar 03, 2014

The New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History --- by Colin McEvedy. When the words “Medieval” and “Atlas” leap out at me, I see a large format volume elegantly filled with ancient maps, luxuriously illustrated with reproductions of hand drawn, hand coloured, perhaps even limned in gilt. I expect the prime meridian to pass through Jerusalem. In the oceans there be drawings of strange and fabulous creatures and the warning “here there be monsters. But alack and alas, dear cartophile, it was not to be. Turns out, I get a slim (105 pages) 8cm x 22cm volume of rather smallished sized font. Lots of outline maps that focus on Europe, western Asia and North Africa. No colour. The maps’ vantages point is constant and one can see borders as they shift back and forth across the face of Europe; as countries and Empires rise and fall. So, is the Atlas helpful? Yes, in providing the large overview of the historical record in the geographical context. But the neophyte may well be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the history in the text. It could make your head spin.

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jillmoore
Apr 08, 2010

This is a great book! It tells you all about Medieval Times!

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